New York Times & International Herald Tribune:

“As if they were skywriting on the ground, the artists trace a route for, say, a gigantic elephant over the streets of Brighton. Mr. Pryor described their role as tool as well as artist. “Using your position, you’re the tip of the pen,” he said. They carry a hand-held receiver that calculates where they are and limns their movements on its tiny screen. Mr. Pryor has written a program that converts the raw logistical data, which can span miles, into a smaller digital image that can be shown on a screen-size canvas on a Web site at…. The virtual drawings of Mr. Wood and Mr. Pryor also have antecedents in art history. Like the ancient Nazca line drawings in Peru, the carvings on Stone Mountain in Georgia or Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty,” the British artists treat the landscape as their canvas. In recognition of this, last fall they hiked an 8.5-mile path to trace digitally the shape of the large white horse that was etched into a chalky hillside 3,000 years ago near their homes in Oxfordshire.”
Matt Mirapaul

Art Forum Magazine (US):
“Remember those artists in the ’70s—like Hamish Fulton and Richard Long—for whom walking was a medium? Well, British artists Jeremy Wood and Hugh Pryor have taken that method a step further. They travel around by car, train, plane, and boat, recording their movements with a Global Positioning System device, and their itineraries—when viewed aerially on the map—create line drawings. They’ve “drawn” an elephant in Brighton, a butterfly in Nottingham, and they even spelled out GALLERY in Shoreham-by-the-Sea. In my younger days I said something to the effect that all art was a substitute for the Internet. Voilà! an artistic practice with bona fide predecessors that becomes real Gesamtkunstwerke when expressed on the Web.”

Vuk Cosic

Oxford Mail & Didcot Herald (UK):
“Roads around Wallingford resemble a fish, according to two Oxford Computer Artists. The discovery, which is documented on the internet at was made “one rainy afternoon” by my Hugh Pryor and his colleague Jeremy Wood”

Nigel Hanson

FHM Magazine (UK):
“In a stunning cutting-edge computer simulation, the Didcot Herald’s piscine exclusive shows the world exactly why you shouldn’t humour web-nerds.”

Nicola Outten

Independent Online News (UK)
“GPS artists, Jeremy Wood and Hugh Pryor, continue their wonderfully wacky wandering projects around southern England. The two take hand-held Global Positioning System gadgets with them while tracing out pictures of fish and butterflies on the streets and roads of various locations. They then use tracking and rendering software to record their unusually shaped journeys. Visit their site, marvel at their meanderings and join in the fun of walk-drawing. Some might say that when you have too much free time, this is the result.”

Ash Pro

Sunday Times (UK)
“Inspiration often comes from being so bored that reading road maps sounds fun, and for Jeremy Wood and Hugh Pryor that’s exactly how it started off one afternoon. Presumably there was nothing to watch on television because they started searching for recognisable shapes in the layout of street maps. When they traced the outline of creatures in the dense tangle of grey lines – a fish in Oxfordshire, an elephant in Brighton (pictured) – the intrepid geeks leapt into their car to chart their trails with a handheld Global Positioning System. Naturally the pictures were then transferred to the internet, so if you are ever monumentally bored yourself, check out their unique street art at”

Amber Cowan

USA Today (US)
“But Is It Art? Time was when people simply used GPS technology to find their way home. No longer. Here a pair of intrepid Brits set down coordinates for the images they’ve found lurking in maps of their native land.”

Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)
“Most people have spied the odd dragon or distorted face hidden in a passing cloud, but there aren’t too many who claim to see images lurking in the crumpled pages of their street directory.Hugh Pryor and Jeremy Wood do. The eagle-eyed English lads have found an 11km-wide elephant hiding in pages of MapSource, the British electronic equivalent of our Melway, and a gargantuan butterfly hovering across Nottingham, 193km north of London….Their next project, which will be displayed by a local gallery, is Dog Art. They place a GPS receiver on a dog, let it loose and monitor its movements over a few hours. At the end of the day the GPS co-ordinates are plotted on a street map and the final “picture” is extracted. In the 18 months their website has been active it has recorded thousands of hits, with dozens of e-mails arriving each day requesting instructions on creating GPS drawings.”

Samantha Amjadali

J-Wave radio (Japan)
“It [GPS Drawing event] would be great unifying people in this day and age we need unity more than anything.” 


Quotes from the internet:

“This really has to be one of the most completely pointless things I have ever seen in my entire life.”

“More pointless than covering a hotel room with melted cheese, or submersing a Jesus figurine in a jar of urine? I see this as art; a creative form of expression. In that respect it isn’t any less pointless than your favorite architect, painter, or sculptor. ”

“Hey, this is obviously stolen from my senior project back in 92’-93. I’ll have to file for a patent violation!! I’m rich! I’m rich!!!!”

“How long before somebody realises that their route to work is some fantastic work of art? And how long before they try and copyright the route?”

“I just happened to have some anaglyph viewers sitting on top of my monitor. Some of those drawings had adjustable red/blue stereoise. SERENDIPITY!”

“Like an extremely large scale etch-a-sketch, although some of the drawings are not continuous. Nevertheless, this is certainly nifty. I especially like the airborn ones. Someone could really exploit the 3d nature of this in the sky. I can see this becoming another type of performance art: watch the gps path on a screen as this guy doodles something in the lake with his boat. A few people working together could come up with some especially spectacular results… ”

“GPS Drawing has to be the silliest thing going! Let’s hope none of this stuff ends up in a gallery somewhere, it might actually become mainstream… ”
“I can’t count the amount of times someone’s said to me, “Don’t you have anything better to do with your time than walk across massive areas of countryside in order to create crude drawings of snails and elephants using global positioning software?” As it turns out, I do; but, however improbably, there are many who do not. By my estimates, there’s enough intelligence and technology here to power a small country – I just wish it were being used for something slightly more useful, such as glow-in-the-dark toilet paper or a talking burrito.”

Anonymous newsnet user.
“It boggles the mind that the human brain is capable of designing such a thing.”
“It’s weird, interesting, and worth a look.”

Outdoors Magic online:
“We say, whatever you do, don’t give a GPS to Tracy Emin, you know what would happen. One final question, where are all the rude GPS Drawings? Is there a special site for them? I think we should be told…”

Jon user
“This is crazy. A complete and total waste of time, money, resources, and energy. I love it.”
“Q: What do you get when you cross war driving (a sort of cross-country orienteering game played by Global Positioning System users) with an Etch-A-Sketch?”

“A: Very large drawings.”