Mindhue Studio

Printmaking, conceptual and installation art

GPS Drawing Project

As part of my artist grant from the Somerville Arts Council, I need to do a project that involves the community of Somerville. Last week I went to the daycare Open Center for Children on Powderhouse Boulevard and created a large-scale work with the help of the children there.

We went to a local park and I took my hiking GPS unit and set it to record its position. A quick round of “eenie-meenie-miney-moe” selected the lucky 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:

And, just for funsies, here’s a nice montage of the kids running around with the GPS: