1. London Wall – a starting point for a new project

London Wall is my starting point for a new printmaking project. Running from the Tower of London to the Museum of London, the wall built to defend London by the Romans remains a terrifying reminder of the power of an imposing structure to enclose and defend. Little remains above surface and much that is visible is medieval or later and much was destroyed but also uncovered as a result of the Blitz.

Printmaking excels at creating and manipulating layers, of paint, of ink, of paper and of many other materials. The London Wall is many-layered, highly textured and quite confusing. We know what it was for but what is it doing now? What value does it have for the city within an city at the heart of London and what lessons does a 2000-year old structure designed to enclose and defend have for a city under lockdown?

This project is part of a City Lit Advanced Digital and Printmaking course which will use the London Wall as the basis for a term of research and construction.

Published by Paul Lincoln

Printmaker, City of London Guide and commissioning editor Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute.

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