What even is Strava art? Isn’t Strava about tracking your rides?!
As the artist Gustav Klimt once said "Art is a line around your thoughts”, in which case, Strava art is a line around your rides. The idea being that the route you take for your ride creates a picture. You’ll see what I mean below:
This piece here was created by Anthony Hoyte, having spent over 7 hours in the saddle (and nearly 79 miles for that matter) to create this piece.
Here’s another by Anthony, Merry Christmas, ridden or written should I say across London in over 105 miles.
Strava art is a bit like the large scale pieces produced on Art Attack (remember them?!), up close it looks like a collection of buckets, mops and plastic sheeting. But viewed from above, you suddenly see the image.
What of course is most amazing is the planning and preparation that goes into Strava art. Even so, it doesn’t always go to plan as was the case for Anthony in riding the Merry Christmas route and having to freestyle in some places, such as the R in Christmas.
This piece in Berlin was created by Gary Cordery, depicting the iconic 'Bruderkuss' graffiti that depicts Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev and East German leader Erich Honecker in a 'socialist' fraternal embrace. The route took over 48 hours to create (riding for over 6 hours) and uses the pause feature to be able to draw the straight lines. To plan the piece, Gary created over 242 routes over 2 weeks to ensure he didn’t get lost.
This might not be art in the sense of painting or sculpture, but there is certainly a huge amount of creativity that goes into the pieces and a whole load of logistical planning. Perfect for the folks in operations, love a good map or plan, who are into cycling and have a creative streak!