You think that a GPS can’t be used in art? Think again. People are taking advantage of GPS to keep track of where they are and where they travel to paint huge digital pictures over interesting landscapes. Users rely on a GPS device to keep track of where they are while they move around to chosen locations, and their trail is reproduced on a computer using GPS technology.
Michael J. Wallace is a biker that is using his passion for biking, art, and technology in a creative way. With his bike and a GPS device, Wallace paints digital sketches over Baltimore. Wallace bikes around the city of Baltimore while his GPS keeps track of where he is. Everywhere he goes, every turn he takes, every street he bikes, his GPS records his path.
Imagine that there’s an invisible line being painted everywhere he goes. The line is invisible… but not on a digital map. He bikes around painting pictures. For example, he did a sketch of the original Donkey Kong, and another one of the famous game Angry Birds. He calls this GPX Riding.
But Wallace is not the only one using technology to create art. In Europe, John Stavros is doing the same thing, painting different pictures over cities like Rome, Italy. He calls this “Position Art,” which again, is art created by moving and keeping track of every move with GPS technology.
And of course, more people are starting to get into this new art form. To do it, you need at least a GPS, but that’s not all you need. It is important to plan. Choosing an interesting landscape that allows you to move around is vital. Also, it’s important to carefully define the route to take in order to have a plotted result at the end.
That’s part of why it’s an art. It’s not something anyone can do, but it’s something that many can enjoy. Several of the pictures are quite impressive, catching attention across the globe. Whatever you think of position art, the fact is that technology is creating new and creative ways to not only bring us comfort, but also to express ourselves.
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