It’s cycleangelo! Artist creates giant miles-long masterpieces using bike and GPS system
This enthusiastic cyclist is a real-life CYCLEANGELO – using a GPS system as his canvas and brush.
Stephen Lund would comfortably win the Draw de France title, as he has cycled 3,040 MILES creating his intricate-but-giant masterpieces.
The works range from simple messages wishing people a Happy Birthday, to intricate drawings of wildlife, cult characters and figureheads.
Using the app Strava, Stephen’s creations require the artist to weave his way through the City of Victoria, Canada, via a series of pre-planned routes.
He first plans his images out on a map of the city, before using Google Maps to find the best route for his endeavours.
Once the doodle has been planned, Stephen, 50, types out a turn-by-turn series of directions to follow as he rides.
Some routes require going off the main roads of Victoria – travelling through parks, fields and car parks to sketch the perfect line.
Stephen said: “Most of the images I doodle appear to me on the map like shapes in the clouds.
“Once I zero in on a general shape, I simply fine-tune the edges and flesh out the details.”
He began the project on January 1 2015 writing a message to wish people a Happy 2015.
Over the course of the year, Stephen created 85 works (62 images, 23 messages), which he posted on his website, GPS Doodles.com.
He tallied 13,857 miles (796 hours, 36 minutes) in the saddle – a quarter of these spent on his GPS sketches.
Put in perspective, if Stephen began cycling on January 1st, he would not get off the bike until 4:36am on February 3; he would have covered 56 percent of the distance around the equator.
Moving forward, Stephen hopes to turn his GPS Doodles series into a book.
He ended 2015 with the message ‘So Long 2015’ and, despite taking a break in January, recently created his first doodle of 2016.
The artist plans to make at least one GPS Doodle a week going forward.
Stephen, who works as a marketing consultant, writer and creative director, added: “The response ranges from incredulous to awe-stricken.
“Sometimes it takes people a while to get their heads around what I do, but the pictures I choose to draw – critters and dinosaurs and Star Wars characters and such – seem to appeal to virtually everyone.
“In my professional role, my work is very much ‘in my head’ all the time – except when I’m on my bike.
“Cycling sets me free, mentally as well as physically.
“It’s exhilarating to travel great distances under my own steam, and it’s doubly so when I’m indulging my creative spirit along the way.
“When I started GPS doodling, I had no intentions except to have fun and be creative on my bike.
“But the response has been so overwhelmingly positive – and so widespread – I’ve become really excited by the prospect of sharing my passion and, I hope, inspiring others.”