City of Birmingham aerial sketch unveiled

on October 15, 2016

Visitors to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery will be able to get a new perspective on the city as an intricate large-scale aerial sketch of Birmingham has gone on display.

Unveiled by Carl Lavia aka ‘Sketch’, the project has been a labor of love to document and contribute to the heritage of the city. Birmingham is the first of 69 cities that Carl’s project involves and next on his list is Manchester.

 Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director at Birmingham Museums Trust, said:

“Carl’s sketch of the city is breath-taking and we are delighted to be able to show the people of Birmingham his fantastic work at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

We are sure visitors will be immersed in the piece finding landmarks and well-known places they know from across the city. That’s why we are pleased to offer visitors the chance to buy a mini print and take home their own copy of the impressive cityscape.

Profits from sales will go towards ensuring we can keep caring for Birmingham’s unique collection and heritage, making sure it can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

The aerial sketch features well-known Birmingham landmarks including the museum. The area depicted covers a radius as far north as Newhall Street, as far east as Ashted Circus, as far south as Park Street and as far west as Hagley Road.

Carl chose to include several not yet completed regeneration projects currently happening within the city.

Carl is a London-based self-taught sketch artist and has always felt connected with Birmingham. We interviewed Carl Lavia aka ‘Sketch’ at the signing of his work:

Prints are available from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery shop. This will be the first time Carl has made the sketch available in this mini print format.

Profits from the sale will support the work of Birmingham Museums Trust and the continuation of Carl’s project.

To find out more about ‘Sketch’ and the sketchnthecity project, visit his website at

You can also keep up to date via Twitter @Sketchnthecity.


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