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Cadbury World, Bullring Bull, Selfridges, O2 Academy and more: Landmarks feature on unique doodle map of Birmingham

By Clare Butler | Entertainment | Published:

It features Birmingham landmarks that hundreds walk past everyday - but this is not your everyday map.

Unique doodle map of Birmingham

This unique piece of art has been created by Manchester based artist David Gee, who has depicted the city in doodle form.

The 27-year-old has been a freelance artist for three years, and the A2 size Birmingham map is the latest in a range of his drawings, including maps of Liverpool, Sheffield and Leeds.

It features intricate drawings of the Bullring Bull, Selfridges, The Mailbox, New Street Station and references to Snobs, The Chinese Quarter and O2 Academy. It took two and half days to complete.

David, from Chesterfield, said: "I've been doodling and drawing all my life, a few months before I went freelance I had the idea of putting my doodles in to map form and they have been way more popular than I ever thought they would be.

"For Birmingham I put an extensive list of places to go on the map, I split the list into sections such as landmarks, restaurants, bars, independent businesses, celebrities from Birmingham, museums and galleries and I also asked my friends from Birmingham what they would like to see on there.

"I then did a very rough sketch just working out where all the important locations were going to go, this was important as there isn't much room for error when I started it.

"I then drew all the locations and businesses on the map which is the most time consuming part, after that I added in the roads and canals and finally my doodle patterns which made up the background."

The Birmingham doodle map

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Directions are included to Cadbury World, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and University of Birmingham at the bottom of the map.

And there's even a reference to Small Heath crooks Peaky Blinders.

David continued: "I'm just a massive fan of the show myself and felt like I needed to get some kind of reference to them on there. There's so many areas of the map I enjoyed drawing but maybe Custard Factory was the building I enjoyed most.

"I wanted to keep it to the city centre as Birmingham is obviously quite a big city but I didn't want to try and squeeze too much in and ruin the scaling, so there were a few things I wanted to fit on which were out go the area that I was covering.

"Since the Birmingham map came out I have been approached about doing maps of Coventry and Wolverhampton and I like the idea of doing Birmingham suburbs such as Kings Heath and Moseley."

Clare Butler

By Clare Butler
Senior Reporter - @CButler_Star

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