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London Overland: where are you going?

Posted at 8:30 am, June 12, 2012 in Transport

London Overland © Jeremy WoodAnother day, another long commute. Hours of our lifetime are spent on trains, tubes, and buses – but have you ever wondered what our daily routes look like from above? No, we thought not. Artist Jeremy Wood, however, has been documenting his journeys by GPS signal for years, and the fruits of his labour are now on display in ‘Mind the Map‘ show at the London Transport Museum until October 28.  His ‘London Overland’ GPS map is a fascinating piece of work – spidery lines that plot the course of routes such as the Congestion Charge zone, the DLR, and the Thames boats. Jeremy navigated each route with nothing but his trusty GPS receiver and vibrant imagination, resulting in a form of ‘personal cartography’ that visualises his life’s journey on paper. The London Overland map is just one of his many projects – each of which translates our travels into lines on a page, shaped by the textured quirks of the landscape. They may not help you if you get lost but we love their adventurous spirit. Lisa Paul

For more info, see gpsdrawing.com.

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