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Urban Scrawl

What are the cultural landmarks that define a city? We asked 100 people to draw the first thing that came to mind when they thought of different cities around the world, from London to Rio, to see which have the strongest identities in our minds.

Venice

Italy

82% gondolas

Cairo

Egypt

81% pyramids

Paris

France

78% Eiffel Tower

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

68% Christ the Redeemer

Sydney

Australia

66% Sydney Opera House

London

UK

33% Big Ben

New York

USA

31% Statue of Liberty

Berlin

Germany

26% Berlin Wall

Dubai

UAE

19% Burj Khalifa

Tokyo

Japan

15% sushi

Venice

Italy

With 82% drawing traditional gondolas, Venice has the strongest identity of all the cities. These rowing boats have travelled along the city’s waterways and under its bridges for centuries. Today they’re still a distinctive part of Venetian life, despite there only being a few hundred left on the canals.

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Cairo

Egypt

Cairo has one of the strongest identities of all the cities, with 81% of people drawing the pyramids. But Egypt’s more recent history also comes through in the pictures of Tahrir Square, which reference the political upheaval and anti-government protests in 2010.

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Paris

France

The Eiffel Tower appears in 78% of the grid for Paris, making it the city’s defining symbol. And while tourist hotspots like the Arc Du Triomphe and the Louvre’s glass pyramid make an appearance, 14% associate the city with its food. Croissants, baguettes, wine, snails and frogs are all, apparently, on the menu.

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Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

Overall, 64% of people associate Rio De Janeiro with Christ the Redeemer, the statue which presides over the city. And while several Carnival headdresses make an appearance, Brazil’s cultural obsession with football (7%) and the beach (6%) are the second and third most drawn items.

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Sydney

Australia

Down Under, the Sydney Opera House stands out 66% of the time in people’s minds. But Australia’s indigenous wildlife - namely koalas and kangaroos - feature almost as often as the Harbour Bridge, even though you’re unlikely to find them roaming around Sydney itself.

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London

UK

Big Ben features in 33% of the grid for London. Other selfie-spots such as the London Eye and Tower Bridge follow close behind. Despite the city’s Royal connections, Buckingham Palace and the Queen appear just 6% of the time, along with the Underground, and the odd pint of beer.

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New York

USA

The Statue of Liberty appears 31% of the time for New York, making it the city’s most symbolic landmark. Skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building came in a close second. But 12% of people also associate New York with its food: pizza, burgers, donuts, bagels or pretzels, to be exact.

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Berlin

Germany

26% of people associate this city with the Berlin Wall. Today, only a portion of the wall survives as an open-air art gallery, but the drawings show it as it once was: topped with barbed wire, covered in graffiti, or being torn down. The wall appears more often than Berlin’s other cultural landmarks: namely beer (16%), its UFO-like TV Tower (15%), and the Brandenburg Gate (12%).

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Dubai

UAE

At 19%, Dubai’s defining icon is the towering, 828 metre high Burj Khalifa. The tallest building in the world has fierce competition from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, a luxury hotel shaped like a sail. Overall, skyscrapers make up 48% of the images, with many people also referencing the city’s rich, luxury appeal with dollar signs and shopping bags.

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Tokyo

Japan

Tokyo has the most varied results of all the cities. Traditional food like sushi and ramen make up 22% of the grid, but street scenes also feature heavily. Shibuya crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world, appears alongside the neon billboards and crowds that Tokyo is well known for.

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