The upcoming issue of The New York Times Magazine explores all things London. While we’re not big fans of the lesser city, the cover illustration by Idris Khan is fantastic. Khan used a slew of pictures of London to create the images seen on the cover and in this slideshow.

“What I quite like about the whole process is that these landmarks are photographed a million times a day, but you can create more than just a document — a feeling of stretched time,” Khan told the Times. “I try to capture the essence of the building — something that’s been permanently imprinted in someone’s mind, like a memory.”

Mission accomplished.