francois xavier saint georges draws on streets of montreal
francois xavier saint georges draws on streets of montreal francois xavier saint georges draws on streets of montreal
oct 31, 2013

francois xavier saint georges draws on streets of montreal

francois xavier saint georges draws on streets of montreal
all images courtesy of francois xavier saint georges




driving along the streets of montreal, canadian artist francois xavier saint georges has created this series of drawings from a specially designed road contraption. the wind-powered device tracks the artist’s journey, exploring the idea of road distance and art. documenting short distance trips on paper, the project was finally completed after 400km of touring around streets all across the city. the rotation of the wind turbine, fixed in the trunk of a pickup truck responds to speed, acceleration and breaking, as well as traffic flow and pavement quality. the unit records every subtle change on a large sheet of thick white paper using sticks of graphite to generate layers and shades in a circular pattern. a large diameter represents high speeds, while small and dark circles indicate mostly high traffic areas, with each journey producing a unique and delicate design.



video courtesy of FX STG



the pickup truck drawing contraption



drawing-head detail



st-hubert drawing



sherbrooke drawing



st-zotique drawing



avenue du parc drawing



the wind turbine in action



drawing in montreal – beaubien street



drawing in montral – st-hubert street



slowing down the whole unit



the drawing machine itself



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