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Simon Costin’s Dickensian street scene


Simon Costin's Dickensian street scene

As part of its Dickens and London exhibition the Museum of London has commissioned set designer Simon Costin to create a suitably Dickensian street scene as a window display of its City Gallery premises at 150 London Wall…

The cardboard city streetscape, complete with narrow alleys, church towers and shop fronts, is made entirely from cardboard and inspired by the descriptive essays of Charles Dickens. “My intention was to create a fantasy vision of London as it would have been glimpsed by Dickens on his nocturnal wanderings through the city,” says Costin. “His essays are extremely evocative. Dickens once wrote that he felt like a child in a dream ‘staring at the marvellousness of everything’. It is that marvellousness that I wanted to recreate.”

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