Two doodles in one: Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White

Gandalf the Grey Wizard by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity Gandalf wizard JRR Tolkien fantasy

Daily Planet’s feature on “Cycleangelo” aired April 21, 2016. Kudos to segment producer Sean McShane for putting together a fantastic feature. • CLICK TO VIEW

On March 19, I spent the day with Sean McShane to shoot a segment for Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet.

I wanted to doodle something truly magical for the Daily Planet segment, so I was delighted to find – as I pored over my ‘inspirations’ map of Victoria – a hat that looked remarkably like a certain Tolkien wizard’s. From there, I worked my way down to flesh out the rest of the details.

Completing my GPS doodle of Gandalf required 168 kilometres (105 miles) of cycling – 88 km (55 mi) on roads and pathways directly in the doodle, and another 80 km (50 mi) of pedalling to “connect the dots” for the straight lines of Gandalf’s staff and a few other details for which suitable roads simply didn’t exist.

Gandalf the Grey Wizard by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity Gandalf wizard JRR Tolkien fantasy

My city-sized portrait of Gandalf the Grey Wizard from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings all began with a simple inspiration – a wizard’s hat – that I found in the city map

SEE IT ON STRAVA *

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

About Stephen

Brand strategist and creative director by day. Hyper-competitive GPS-art obsessed cyclist most of the rest of the time.
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