The Museum of London has commissioned London-based illustrator Oli Fowler to produce a set of dynamic illustrations for its new "strategic plan" – something that sets out its core aims over the next five years and how they'll be achieved.
Crucially it shows how the museum will maintain its two vibrant existing sites as well as undertaking one of the biggest cultural projects in Europe, creating a New Museum for London in West Smithfield in the coming years.
Taking inspiration from the museum’s ambitions, and its £7m object strong collection, Oli was commissioned to create vibrant, eye-catching visuals that were inherently London.
"When the museum approached me I was really excited, I jumped at the challenge to incorporate my style within the brief that was laid out for me, even more so when I was asked to use their database of thousands of images to create my illustrations," said Oli. "Using their collection and ambition as inspiration I roughly cut up photos like that in a scrapbook. I then layered the designs using solid colours mixed with textures that I’d photographed on the streets around my Hackney neighbourhood.
"I love London. I've lived and worked here for 20 years and I’ve always had a close eye on the changes the city is going through. To be able to add the mix of people’s different cultures and backgrounds into the work and to add architecture and history to the illustrations was amazing and something that I’m very proud of."