Trans Mongolian Pantoscope

 London to Bejing by train. A 540 metre panoramic drawing.

During October 2012 I began a series of train journeys between London to Beijing. I drew continuously for every waking moment of the 21 day journey using a device called a Pantoscope. This immersive drawing exercise was completed using 54 scrolls of paper. The total length of the drawing measures 540 meters. Upon returning to the U.K I added watercolour to each scroll before filming them rolling past a camera. Sound which was digitally recorded on route was then meticulously added. This process (although not continuous) took 4 years. The resulting animation lasts 7 hours 14 minutes and documents travelling from the U.K through France, Belgium, Germany, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia and into China.

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The homemade portable Pantoscope used to create the drawing.

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The 540m panoramic drawing as a single scroll.

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The inverse pantoscope used to record each scroll.

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Images from the journey