Artist Turns GPS Tracking Movements into Mural

 

Yesterday, artist Paul Campbell unveiled a mural created from the movements of Brooklyn Navy Yard workers who used GPS tracking to monitor their steps. He asked the employees to track their steps for one day and then created a mural using different colored lines for different routes on a 66-foot wall at the yard.

The mural represents just a fraction of activity the Navy Yard sees daily and people visiting the mural can scan a QR code in the mural to see a profiles for each worker who participated.

“My work often involves finding unusual ways to make paintings that remove the hand of the artist, and this is a technological way to make this happen,” says Campbell. “This was a way for me to create something beautiful and fun using a tracking system.”

A team of five spent four days on the mural which will remain up for a year.