Runners and cyclists make art – level 3

12-12-2022 15:00

Fitness fanatics are creating art while tracking their runs and bike rides on their phones, turning their exercise into a masterpiece.

When you create art with your GPS as a paintbrush, you follow points on a map to make a single line across an area to create the art. You enter the points into a fitness tracking app called Strava in advance, and the app then traces your every move. If you make a mistake, your whole artwork has to be started all over again.

Artists from around the world upload their drawings to Instagram, where they join a growing gallery with more than 18,000 pieces posted under the hashtag GPS Art that already show hundreds of thousands of kilometers.

Artists say that the activity is a mix of art and exercise, and for many, it began with the pandemic when traffic suddenly went away and people had more free time.

Difficult words: fanatic (a person who’s extremely interested in something), in advance (before doing a particular thing), hashtag (the symbol # that’s used on social media to describe the general subject).

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