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GPS Doodles – A New Form Of Art Hitting The Streets

10 July 2015 @ 1:55 PM  /


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What comes to mind when you think of art? Is it a fancy painting in a museum, a statue in a garden or maybe a photo on a wall? 

For artist, fitness junkie and active Garmin user Stephen Lund, his idea of creating a work of art involves using his Edge 800 and his bike. Fascinated by GPS data and the creativity that could come of it, Lund took to the streets of Victoria, British Columbia. On New Years Day, with his bike and his Garmin, he mapped out and spelled “Happy 2015”. This fun and artistic ride quickly grew popular among his cycling club and they demanded more. Lund saw the infinite opportunities for creative expression, he set out to create more designs.

To plan a doodle, Lund grabs a map and a pencil and sketches his route. It takes him between an hour and 10 hours of trial and error to finalize the plan. He then creates a detailed street map on Photoshop, from Google Map screen captures. From there Lund sends the final PDF version to his phone as well as a backup copy he keeps in his jersey.

The average distance per doodle to date is 43.5 miles and his favorite design is his GPS Giraffe

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“Not because it brought me 15 minutes of fame when Strava tweeted about it, but because she, more than any other doodle I’ve done, was right there in the map waiting to be found,” Lund said in an interview. “I didn’t create her – I discovered her. For as long as Victoria’s streets have been here, so has she.”

To see more of Stephen Lund’s doodles check out his website GPSdoodles.com.


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