GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace
GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace
apr 20, 2012

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace

‘hydra-bus!’, 2012 16.02 miles in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 49 seconds all images © michael wallace

baltimore, maryland, USA-based cyclist and artist michael wallace, has developed an portfolio comprised entirely of bike-traced city-scale sketches. the artist says of his work, ‘GPX riding is my general term for using a GPS device to track and record my location while riding my bicycle. in short, I use GPS technology to record where I go in a planned effort to create massive images.‘ his ‘virtual geographic adventures’, in their completion, range anywhere from near 17 miles to as little as 5 wallace moves about the city in a strategic path in order to develop resemblances of various symbols, events, and characters.

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘pagoda!’, 2012 11.43 miles in 1 hour, 52 minutes, 53 seconds

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘super conductor’, 2012 12.32 miles in1 hour, 40 minutes, 51 seconds

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘hurricane irene’, 2012 10.36 miles in 1 hour, 39 minutes, 30 seconds

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘GPX mythwallogy’, 2012 9.72 miles in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 49 seconds

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘titanic’, 2012 7.58 miles in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 38 seconds

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘big rig!’, 2012 13.22 miles in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 13 seconds

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘los dias de los muertos’, 2012 8.99 miles in 1 hour, 42 minutes, 59 seconds

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘grapes’, 2012 7.10 miles in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 37 seconds

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘lunar lander’, 2012 13.58 miles in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 17 seconds

GPS drawing on bike by michael wallace ‘terminator’, 2012 6.16 miles in 54 minutes, 45 seconds

via the creators project

  • but it’s not really a giant drawing, it’s a cute doodle made by connecting points on an existing map, then tracing the lines with footsteps. the gps track is just a representation of the path, and it doesn’t look as impressive as the doodle. I can’t buy this one. maybe if the paths had something to do with human behavior or daily activity, if it was worked from the other way around. it just seems like a waste of time

    david says:
  • i think this is great, actually! what a wonderful way to spend one’s time– outside, exercising, creating art and experimenting with technology all at once! does anyone know if the gps is attached to his bike, making a mark on the map that he then prints afterwards… or…?
    furthermore– @david
    what is so wrong with creating art in a manner that is not necessarily something that may exist in a fully formed commodity for buying or selling? this seems to be experiential art. this piece can be recreated an endless amount of times by almost anyone wanting and willing. the consistent replication of this work does not deplete resources or affect anything other than the body and bike forming it…how is it a waste of time?

    jasmine says:

    Frank y. says:
  • maybe it’s me that i’m stupid, but, really, i don’t get the point of this.

    Marvin says:
  • paul auster\’s new york trilogy explored similar kind of tracings of letters on an urban scale. the irony about this work of course is that the drawing has to be deliberately mapped out BEFORE it is executed, since the author needs to find, within the complex geometry of the street network, a specific pattern that can accommodate the intended drawing itself (since one can only walk on streets, and not thru buldings).

    mh says:
  • I think it’s kind of nice, but it’s not novel. I read a story about it in The New York Times a few years ago. Runners have done this for a while.

    Annie says:
  • @mh I don’t think you know what irony means.
    @Marvin yes I think you have made an estute observation about yourself
    @mh(again) & @jasmine >one… did you both seriously just use that word in that context… really?
    Your sloppy use of the word art @jasmine is one of the contributing factors to art’s debasement.
    @david maybe this is a true representation of current human behavior. You sound jealous.

    Why are people who respond to blog posts so moronic? Now that @mh is irony.

    I like this: city scale 8-bit drawing.

    BobbyRobson says:
  • @BobbyRobson
    It seems you have a lot of anger. Your incoherent attack on fellow commenters on this post seems to be an unnecessary display of art-blog-trolling. Your contribution to the conversation was solely picking on your peers without giving any real response to the design. It’s only unfortunate that we all had to be subjected to your negativity when trying to enjoy a simple example of people exploring contemporary developments in creativity.

    Though this project isn’t new, I think it is quite nice!

    IWishIHadNotReadThePostResponses says:
  • I agree this is not a new idea but it make me smile!! *u*

    ipea says:

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