In 2010, illustrator Carson Ellis and singer/writer Colin Meloy rolled out a map of Forest Park and began to imagine what it would look like as a fairy tale world of talking animals and epic struggles. The Pittock mansion became a government palace, the crumbling Gas and Coke building became an insidious orphanage, and the zoo a prison. Here, we compare Ellis’s illustrations from The Wildwood Chronicles alongside their real world inspirations.

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