© tobymelvillebrown 2014




City of Barriers.

Following an internship with the online Multiple Sclerosis community, Shift.ms, Toby was commissioned to produce an illustration that raised awareness of what life is like with MS. What followed was a series of interviews with the MS community, held at the TFL Museum, on the subject of mobility.

“Being in a wheelchair in the city, you often come across barriers that others don’t see”.

The statement above, recorded in one of the interviews was the inspiration for City of Barriers. The artist spent three weeks in a studio underneath Waterloo Bridge, covering a space of 3ft by 6ft, with a 0.05 fineliner pen.

City of Barriers is a vast cityscape that contains within it, multiple obstructions that the majority of its inhabitants are oblivious to. The intricate nature of the piece demands the viewer look closer and discover those obstructions for themselves.