Friday, October 08, 2004

A lifetime mapping the Eternal City: The Associated Press looks at efforts by French comic-book artist Gilles Chaillet to bring ancient Rome to life in an immense, detailed map that he initially envisioned at age 9. Now, some 50 years later, he's spent 5,000 hours drawing the 11 foot-by-6.5 foot map; his wife has spent another 3,000 hours coloring it:

"It's the end of a long quest. ... There are other cities I also love, like Venice and my hometown, Paris. But there's not the same emotion there. ... I'd need a second life to do a second city."