APP CULTURE

How to Draw All Over Your Hometown

See how one man, one bicycle, and Strava turned a whole city into art.

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Most artists create on a canvas, a sheet of paper, or an iPad.

Stephen Lund isn’t your typical artist.

His canvas is his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia, where he draws city-size images with his bicycle, iPhone, and favorite app, Strava.

Lund was introduced to the GPS-enabled cycle-tracking app in the summer of 2014, and he quickly found himself hooked on the idea of monitoring all aspects of his rides. But as he did, he started noticing something.

Lund uses Strava’s route-mapping feature to draw city-size images.

“The more I looked at the red line following my path, the more I thought there was some creative fun that could be had,” he says. “On New Year’s Eve 2014, I thought, why don’t I try to write something on the streets?”

He planned out his route on a physical map, jumped on his bike, fired up Strava, and hit the road. When he was done, his digital trail read “Happy 2015!”

He admits the first project was a little clumsy. But in the years since, he has refined his technique. Today, Lund has more than 300 Strava-created works under his belt—each requiring an average of 70 kilometers of cycling. Sometimes he designs the images himself. And sometimes they just pop right out.

Yep, those are animals hiding in the streets.

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