The World Unfurled

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Famed artist and illustrator Matteo Pericoli has created a massive mural in the American Airlines terminal of JFK airport in New York. Featuring a panorama of famous buildings from cities around the globe, the mural pays tribute to architectural genius of all stripes. Our distinctive accordion-fold-format book contains the mural in its entirety on a single 10-foot long sheet of paper. Accompanied with an essay by Colum McCann.


Reviews and Praise

“Matteo Pericoli’s “World Unfurled” manages to pack the entire globe into a 10-foot-long foldout panorama …” —Newsday

“Pericoli has created a trance city, in hues of gray, blue, orange, and white, built on our own memories of previous travel and expectations for the journeys we are about to embark on. … He invites us into a landscape in which the viewer can thrust his or her own past, and at the same time he allows us to step beyond the boundaries of our lives. … Pericoli is, I feel, the sort of artist who could be entrusted with the last grain of sand, perhaps one of the few who’d be able to capture its complexity. … … Pericoli is a perfect guide. He leaves people out of his drawings precisely because he knows that they will eventually walk themselves in. ” — from the introductory essay by Colum McCann