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  • 06.21.10

Infographic: Mowing the Lawn Becomes Art

Jeremy Wood is doing something only the most enthusiastic suburbanites ever thought possible: He is elevating lawn-mowing to a work of art.

Jeremy Wood is doing something only the most enthusiastic suburbanites
ever thought possible: He is elevating lawn-mowing to a work of art.

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Variously over the past nine years, the artist has tooled around on a
motorized lawnmower, tracking his rides on GPS as he dutifully clips
the grass at his mom’s place in Oxfordshire, England. (What a good
son!) The data is then turned into maps. They look like beautiful
Etch A Sketch drawings or, if you want to get art-nerdish, Cy Twombly
scribbles, even though they’re basically just visual travel logs from
the world’s most boring vacation.

Here he is mowing the lawn in different seasons. From left to right: spring, summer, autumn, winter:

And here, he’s cutting the grass over several months in the fall:

Work
from his lawn-mowing adventures is on display at the
Tenderpixel gallery in London until
tomorrow.

Wood is an American-born artist who works in the U.K. and Greece. He has built his career on “treating himself as a geodesic pencil,” as the gallery’s Web site says. He has mapped his own Ryanair flights around Europe, producing the world’s largest pentagram (below). He has drawn a cat by traveling around Edmunds Park, in Oxfordshire, and has penned a giant Moby Dick quote in London by passing over a golf course, a parking lot, and a cemetery, among other sites, both public and private. Apparently he records all his daily journeys via GPS, which must make him more self-revelatory than Anaïs Nin. Check out his many awesome mapping projects at www.gpsdrawing.com.

[Via Rhizome Inclusive; images courtesy of Jeremy Wood]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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