Smartphone + Bike + Google Maps = GPS Art by Michael Wallace


I think that creativity is something that is often missing in ‘the geo-space’. It’s not easy to go beyond the mainstream and create a cool project… even if it’s just for fun.  Baltimore-based cyclist and artist Michael Wallace, had one of these geoawesome ideas… He created a whole portfolio of images comprised entirely of his GPS bike traces displayed on Google Map. The artist says of his work:

GPX riding is my general term for using a GPS device to track and record my location while riding my bicycle. in short, I use GPS technology to record where I go in a planned effort to create massive images.

How do you like it?

‘terminator’, 2012
6.16 miles in 54 minutes, 45 seconds
‘super conductor’, 2012
12.32 miles in1 hour, 40 minutes, 51 seconds
‘hurricane irene’, 2012
10.36 miles in 1 hour, 39 minutes, 30 seconds
‘lunar lander’, 2012
13.58 miles in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
‘big rig!’, 2012
13.22 miles in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 13 seconds
‘pagoda!’, 2012
11.43 miles in 1 hour, 52 minutes, 53 seconds
‘titanic’, 2012
7.58 miles in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 38 seconds
‘hydra-bus!’, 2012
16.02 miles in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 49 seconds
‘GPX mythwallogy’, 2012
9.72 miles in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 49 seconds
‘los dias de los muertos’, 2012
8.99 miles in 1 hour, 42 minutes, 59 seconds
‘grapes’, 2012
7.10 miles in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 37 seconds

all images © michael wallace
source: DesignBoom, WallyGPX

Aleks Buczkowski
I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.