Human creativity is boundless and, as technology progresses, people discover new and exciting ways to express themselves. Even the most mundane of technology like GPS can be used to create new works of art. Stephen Lund, an artist out of British Columbia, uses a GPS app called Strava to track his positions whenever he goes on a bike ride. His first image was nothing complicated - just a simple “Happy 2015” to ring in the new year for all of his Strava followers. However, compliments began to pour in and Stephen realized that he was on to something.
According to Lund, “I like kudos and praise almost as much as I like cycling and creative pursuits, [so] I decided to embrace Strava artwork as a way both to spend some of my free time and recharge my creative batteries.” Here at Wimp, we are huge fans of both creative artwork and regular exercise, so Stephen’s method for combining both gets two thumbs up from us! Last year alone, he completed over 70 GPS doodles, averaging 70 kilometers pedaled for each piece of art! Lund works in Photoshop, piecing together a variety of Google Maps until he has a high-resolution map that shows all the street intersections. From there, he just plays a complicated game of connect-the-dots to determine his route. Once he’s done, he prints out turn-by-turn directions and hits the road. What an amazing way to get a workout for your creative muscles - as well as your regular ones.
This Wicked Witch of the West Coast would defeat Dorothy easily (85.9 km, 3 hours, 24 minutes).
The amount of planning that went into the maze is staggering. Can you find your way out (76.7 km, 3 hours, 44 minutes)?
Who needs to fly out to Isla Nublar when Jurassic Park can come to you? Lund pedaled 39.4 km over the course of one hour and 43 minutes to complete this T. rex.
I can barely draw a realistic human face on a piece of paper, and yet Lund renders a very accurate Queen Victoria with his bike (15.7 km, 56 minutes).
Mermaids may live underwater, but this one seems pretty comfortable on the streets of Victoria (89.7 km, 4 hours, 13 minutes).
The Force is strong with Lund’s legs when he pedaled this drawing of Darth Vader through the streets (46.3 km, 2 hours, 17 minutes).
If the Easter Bunny is this big, we can only imagine how much candy he’s packing into those eggs (75.5 km, 3 hours, 17 minutes).
For those who prefer a gentler giant, this stegosaurus happily plods through the city. Sure, her big feet would crush whole blocks, but at least she’s not doing it on purpose (44.4 km, 1 hour, 56 min).
Here’s a drawing of an Aussie yanking a crocodile out of a river. Ah yes, that old art cliché (89.7 km, 3 hours, 50 minutes).
Lund really stepped up his game with this drawing of Rio De Janeiro’s “Christ the Redeemer.” Not content to simply draw his subject, Lund also sketched Rio’s skyline and mountains (25.8 km, 1 hour, 20 minutes).
This raccoon is headed straight to the water, presumably to wash his paws (26.3 km, 1 hour, 7 minutes).
From Vincent van Gogh to Frida Kahlo, every great artist paints a self-portrait and Lund is no exception.
This image of a killer whale leaping out of the water makes us want to rent Free Willy (33.2 km, 1 hour, 35 minutes).
Leave this giant armadillo alone - unless you want him to curl up and roll over the neighborhoods of Victoria.
This is another T. rex drawing.
And of course, there has to be a balance in the Force, so Lund doodled this massive Yoda so that the Jedi stand a chance against his GPS Vader (25.6 km, 1 hour and 25 minutes).
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