David Macaulay

Drawing To Explain The 'How' And The 'Why'

More About David Macaulay

David Macaulay is back at the BIF Summit to follow up on his last BIF talk. At the end of the story Macaulay told at the BIF10 Summit, he described the role the Empire State Building took in his mind as a child. When he was 11, in 1957, his family emigrated from England to the United States, and in his mind’s eye the Empire State Building towered over every other building in New York City.

He was disappointed to discover that in real life that was not the case. But the voyage inspired in him a lifelong interest in the ship on which his family sailed across the Atlantic. The SS United States was once the world’s largest steam-powered ocean liner, and remains the fastest ship to cross the Atlantic. Macaulay has spent years researching the ship and its master builder, William Francis Gibbs. He created a series of drawings of the ship, similar to the kinds of drawings for which he has become famous, in his books such as The Way Things Work.

Macaulay’s drawings of the SS United States are featured in the exhibit David Macaulay: Journey, at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. Much of his story and his drawings are also featured on the site SS United States Conservancy.

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