GPS Drawing Project 2013
As part of my artist grant from the Somerville Arts Council, I needed to do a project that involves the community of Somerville. Over the last couple of weeks I went to the daycare Open Center for Children on Powderhouse Boulevard and again created a large-scale work with the help of the children there.
We went to the Tot Lot by Tufts University, I took out my hiking GPS unit and set it to record its position. We went through the class roster to select each child, who then took the GPS and started running. The GPS recorded the path the child took through the playground and around the fence. Once returned, I saved the recorded path with the child’s name and started another round. There were a few glitches and do-overs, but at the end of the 90 minutes, we had 15 sketches around the park:
While this was happening, I took photos of the kids tearing around with the GPS unit:
Today I took printouts of the poster, the composite pathways, and each individual child’s drawing over to the preschool. It was a huge hit, and at the end I got mobbed in a group hug. Excellent outcome!
PDFs of the poster, composite and individual paths are here: