What does a 1 billion square foot GPS Doodle look like?

It looks like this…The Sea Creature of Saanich Peninsula

I planned this GPS Doodle in November 2015 – a year and a half ago – but only got around to riding the route today. I knew it was going to be big, but when I used DaftLogic’s Google Maps Area Calculator Tool to see just how big, I was gobsmacked. Requiring 109 kilometres (68 miles) of cycling to complete, this huge sea monster occupies a rectangular canvas covering 93.1 million square metres…just over 1 billion square feet!

GPS Sea Creature of Saanich Peninsula by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art sea monster sea serpent Saanich North Saanich Central Saanich Land's End Sidney BC

GPS Sea Creature of Saanich Peninsula by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art sea monster sea serpent Saanich North Saanich Central Saanich Land's End Sidney BC

Using DaftLogic’s Google Maps Area Calculator Tool, I discovered how unbelievably big this sea monster really is!

SEE THE GARGANTUAN SEA-BEAST ON STRAVA *

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Cheep thrills on my bicycle

A YYJ birdie inspired by Strava’s Global Heat Map

I find inspiration for my GPS Doodles in all sorts of places. Many begin as shapes that emerge as I pore over a city map. Others I go looking for to celebrate special occasions or fulfill special requests. Sometimes a feature of the cityscape inspires a Doodle (this little alien dude, for example). And sometimes inspiration springs from Strava’s Global Heatmap. That’s how I found the giant bunny I doodled in Calgary for Easter 2016, and it’s how I spotted the songbird I doodled yesterday…

GPS Birdie by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art birdie songbird nature wildlife

A distinctive shape in Strava’s Global Heatmap inspired this GPS songbird

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* Note: The GPS points will render correctly only if you are logged in at Strava.com

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A happy flappy inflatable tubeman. Or is it?

Sometimes I do a GPS Doodle thinking it’s one thing, but it turns out to look like something else altogether. Case in point: today’s Doodle.

The picture I planned was one of those flappy, floppy “airdancers” you often see outside gas stations and tire shops. (Fans of Rectify will know what I’m talking about.) But as soon as I uploaded my 51 kilometre (32 mile) ride to Strava, people started commenting.

“It looks like an Ent from Lord of the Rings,” said one. (Interestingly, today is Tolkien Reading Day.) “Hey – it’s the Cheestrings guy!” said another. Someone else thought it was Gumby. And my wife wondered if it was a cartoon carrot or parsnip.

Any other interpretations out there?

Happy flappy floppy inflatable tubeman by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art airdancer tubeman gas station Tolkien Ent Lord of the Rings Cheestrings Gumby

A flappy floppy inflatable airdancer… and so much more!

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* Note: The GPS points will render correctly only if you are logged in at Strava.com

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An alien invasion in three parts

In February 2015, I doodled a little friend for my big giraffe using a feature of the landscape – Swan Lake – as a key part of the image.

Well, not too long ago, I was poring over a satellite image of Victoria and noticed that the boat slips at Oak Bay Marina look like a skeletal or mechanical hand.

Working outward from that organ (yes – the hand is an organ), I discovered a strange little alien-dude, ET; and then I discovered strange little alien-dude’s companion, (P)ET (thanks, David Bradbury, for the clever acronym); and then I discovered their mothership.

I also discovered a very cool app that let’s you combine multiple Strava activities into a single image. I used it to unite ET and (P)ET with their ship in the image below. It’s called Heatflask. Check it out!

Strange little alien dude with a strange little alien pet and a hand that's actually Oak Bay Marina by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art extraterrestrial outer space Oak Bay

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SEE E.T. + (P) E.T. ON STRAVA *

SEE THE MOTHERSHIP ON STRAVA *

* Note: The GPS points will render correctly only if you are logged in at Strava.com

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Three holiday doodles (so far)

Wishing you all a joyful holiday season and the very best in 2017!

Christmas 2016 by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art holidays winter Santa Claus stocking Happy Holiday

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SEE SANTA CLAUS ON STRAVA *

SEE THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING ON STRAVA *

* Note: The GPS points will render correctly only if you are logged in at Strava.com

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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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