When you think of street art, Banksy and his contemporaries might be the first creatives that spring to mind, but a new wave of artists are using a less permanent form of expression to create their masterpieces, by using the geo-location features on cycling and running app Strava to track routes that map out pictures.
These ‘cycle Angelos’ are using the app to create intricate designs that are taking Twitter and Instagram by storm.
Most recently, a group of cyclists in Australia created a goat picture over a distance of 202 kilometres, using the streets of Perth as their canvas.
🐐🐐 GOAT RIDE! 🐐🐐 We did it
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The appropriately named ‘goat ride’ took the club eight hours to complete and saw them cross the Perth hills and a river in the southern suburbs of the city.
Some other examples of ‘Strava art’ that have become favourites include a Star-Wars-themed Darth Vader and a dinosaur, both of which were created in British Columbia, Canada.
Have you seen the amazing Strava bike art? We’re loving this Darth Vader recreation. What’s your favorite? pic.twitter.com/b7q7Re4vOa— Yorktown Cycles (@YorktownCycles) February 27, 2017
I bloody love #StravaArt really need to do one one day: https://t.co/LvpxY5hMqk
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Such is the popularity of the creative activity that back in 2014 one cyclist used a 29km Strava art piece to propose to his girlfriend.
Cyclist uses Strava to map marriage proposal | road.cc http://t.co/CvqghODvWg —-> brilliant! is there any GPS art in Canterbury I wonder?— Simon Wakeman (@simonwakeman) January 15, 2014
Jordan, a 17-year-old from Ohio, used the app to ask his girlfriend to the prom, by running 5.5 miles to map out this picture.
claire_short_13</a>'s boyfriend raised the bar with this one. Nice pace too! <a href="https://t.co/2UgfOn0FUQ">https://t.co/2UgfOn0FUQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/FNO84C7Tae">pic.twitter.com/FNO84C7Tae</a></p>— Strava (Strava) March 14, 2017
Thinking of becoming a Strava artist? Here are the creator of GPSdoodles.com, Stephen Lund’s top tips. Lund has created a plethora of masterpieces including the dinosaur pictured amongst others.
Number 7 in the #GPSdoodles “MUSCLEBOUND THUG” series Taking his fixation on harassing helpless critters to a whole new level, the Musclebound #Thug puts on his #Stetson and goes for a joyride on Garmina the #giraffe, who does her very best to buck the big #bully off September 14, 2016 • strava.com/activities/712455570 #GPSart #GPSartistry #Stravaart #art #Strava #Garmin #cityascanvas #streetart #urbanart #YYJ #victoriabc #cycling #thuglife #manly #animals #cowboy #muscles