Together, we are “boundless”

Juventus and Jeep® share a mission: to make a bold statement wherever they go

Juventus F.C. and its lead sponsor Jeep are traveling across Europe for the 2016 UEFA Champions League. To cheer on the team and leave a bold impression beyond the football pitch, Jeep’s marketing firm – Independent Ideas – enlisted me to develop a city-sized message in each city Juventus visits…starting with ‘boundless’ in the team’s home city of Turin. Each route will then be completed in a Jeep vehicle.

Designing this Doodle presented a number of interesting challenges. Read more below…

The next Juventus/Jeep Doodle will be in Seville, Spain for Juventus’ November 22 match. Stay tuned…

boundless by GPS artist Stephen Lund Cycleangelo for Juventus FC Jeep UEFA Champions League 2016

The Design Challenges

While Turin is a large city with large sections of fairly uniform grid – typically an ideal canvas for ‘bike-writing’ – the fact that so many of the city’s streets are ‘one way’ presented a huge design challenge. Several of the letters in boundless – the ‘u’, the ‘e’ and at least one of the ‘s’s – require the Doodler to double back along one or more streets after reaching the terminus of the letter…something that’s simply not possible when the streets comprising those letters allow travel in only one direction.

The constraints of completing the Doodle in a vehicle created other design challenges. While runners and cyclists can make use of footpaths, trails, open public spaces like parks and plazas, school fields and so on, a vehicle is for the most part confined to the city streets.

Overcoming these challenges meant scaling up the Doodle to the size of the entire city. At this size, I was able to use major thoroughfares that accommodate vehicular travel in both directions. While the trade-off is lettering less uniform than one can create in a compact, rectangular city grid, it results in a Doodle that’s truly impressive in its breadth. To complete ‘boundless’, the Jeep had to travel 64 km (40 mi).

 

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A Hallowe’en knock-knock joke

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Boo.

“Boo hoo!” cried Cycleangelo, when his wife told him his Hallowe’en doodle looks like it’s made of misshapen marshmallows.

Halloween ghoul and graveyard by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art ghost scary boo

A fairly un-scary Hallowe’en doodle. But it was fun, and that’s what counts!

Total distance: 28.0 km / 17.4 mi. Map rotated 180º for viewing.

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Turtle of the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety

My biggest doodle to date, covering a canvas of 109 million square metres!

Seventeen months ago – in April 2015 – I hosted my first GPS Doodling ride-along. I planned two Doodles for the occasion – something Star Wars themed and this huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. My apprentice opted for a galaxy far far away, and Michelangelo here had been sitting in the idea vault ever since.

Until earlier this week, when I got inspired to go out and ride my Ninja Turtle route.

I made my first attempt on Wednesday afternoon. But I wasn’t nearly as focused as I needed to be; and thanks to a couple wrong turns, I abandoned the effort after 40-some kilometres (28 miles). Yesterday I was more successful!

Michelangelo by Cycleangelo by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art Nick Nickelodeon TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mikey

I pedalled a total of 183.3 km (113.9 mi) to create this Doodle – 108 km (67 mi) on roads within the Doodle itself, the rest on behind-the-scenes mileage for some requisite dot-connecting.

If this GPS Doodle were a painting, its rectangular canvas would be 109 square kilometres (42 square miles). That’s 26,925 acres…or 109 million square metres.

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Infamous Thug hijacks famous giraffe!

Taking his fixation on harassing helpless critters to a whole new level, the Musclebound Thug puts on his Stetson and goes for a joyride on Garmina the giraffe, who does her very best to buck the big bully off

As I was pondering what to doodle next in the ongoing saga of my dimwitted Musclebound Thug, it suddenly occurred to me that the road I ride to create the top of the Thug’s bulging thigh is the same road I used for Garmina the giraffe’s back when I doodled her way back in February 2015. So I got to wondering…would it be possible to combine the routes of two of my favourite doodles into one huge and hilarious episode in the Musclebound Thug series?

As it turned out, the fit was incredibly close…but not perfect. I had to make some adjustments to Garmina’s rear end, lengthening it a tad so that the Thug was clearly riding her and not doing something obscene! This impelled me to give her a new tail and change the configuration of her back legs. Making it look like she was trying to buck the big bully off just made sense.

Taking his fixation on harassing helpless critters to a whole new level, the Musclebound Thug puts on his Stetson and goes for a joyride on Garmina the giraffe, who does her very best to buck the big bully off by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art animals wildlife muscles

Poor Garmina! The Musclebound Thug – such a bully! – should just buck off.

The ride itself was exhausting. The actual doodle added up to 135.8 km (84.4 mi), with an additional 40 km (25 mi) for some dot-connecting in Garmina’s lower extremities plus some on-the-fly troubleshooting/redesigning when I hit an unexpected road closure nearly 100 km (62 mi) into the ride!

Shortly after I uploaded my doodle, Strava tweeted this flattering Tweet.

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The ongoing antics of a tail-tugging Thug

Musclebound Thug monkeys arounds…much to the dismay of a hungry little monkey

Musclebound Thug goes bananas for long tails. After his epic fail in tail-tugging a few days ago, the big ape got down to monkey business. And what better way to lure an unsuspecting monkey than to don a fez and pose as a cute and innocent organ grinder monkey. Cheeky!

Exasperated by detachable tails, Musclebound Thug dons his favourite fez and wraps his hairy knuckles ’round a prehensile tail instead, making an unlucky monkey drop his yummy banana by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art monkey animals wildlife

Exasperated by detachable tails, Musclebound Thug dons his favourite fez and wraps his hairy knuckles ’round a prehensile tail instead, making an unlucky monkey drop his yummy banana

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Guess who’s back [hint: he’s a thug]

Musclebound Thug is back…with a quirky little zoology lesson

It’s no secret that Musclebound Thug likes catching reptiles by the tail. (It’s a #thuglife thing – something that titillates his puny reptilian brain.) But today, his antics got interrupted by an unexpected lesson in zoology.

MT’s twisted tale of tail twisting came to an end courtesy of an odd little phenomenon called “caudal autotomy” – a lizard’s ability of shed part of its tail structure to free itself from predators. Better luck next time, MT!

While indulging his fondness for catching reptiles by their tails, Musclebound Thug gets foiled by a wily lizard’s ‘caudal autotomy’ by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art lizard zoology wildlife

While indulging his fondness for catching reptiles by their tails, Musclebound Thug gets foiled by a wily lizard’s ‘caudal autotomy’

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Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling…

…from east to west, and down the streets of town.

My wife’s cousin Claire plays the bagpipes.

She recently did me a huge favour. When I asked what I could do to repay her, she said simply, “Doodle me some bagpipes.” To which I – oblivious to just how strange and complicated the bagpipes actually are – said “No problem!”

Well, it took a couple tries (my first attempt ended in tears when I found myself off-course more than 30 kilometres into my doodle – see the second image below), but I finally got ‘er done…

Scottish bagpipes by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity music musical instrument Highland Highlands the pipes

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Bagpipes fail

My first attempt at doodling bagpipes ended in disaster and boo-hoo-hoos. Attempt #2 was a resounding success.

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