Fun-A-Day PGH 2017: 31 Walks
Fun-A-Day, originally started by a group of Philly artists, is designed to start the year off right by committing to doing something fun and creative each and every day for one month in the dead of winter. The culmination of projects are then exhibited in an open gallery setting for all to marvel at and enjoy. The types of projects are only limited by the limits of our imaginations.
I've decided to incorporate WATSOP into this, my second Fun-A-Day project. Always fascinated by the resulting shapes when using the Map My Walk app, I decided to walk each day with a predetermined shape in mind.
Ultimately settling on creating letters and numbers, to further increase the challenge I imposed a few rules for the project: 1) All characters should orient north to south (ie: no rotating the resulting map).* 2) All walks should be at least one mile. 3) Each character should come from a different neighborhood. 4) Initially I would not allow any editing of the resulting map image, but there were a few instances where I needed to edit, such as when the phone battery died mid walk, or the cell signal failed me, or I tacked extra streets to the walk.
(*Due to the size of the "signature" on the beach I had to rotate to increase the walk to a viewable size.)
Though I meant for this project to help me cross off Pittsburgh streets, a scheduled trip to Florida had me taking the walks "on the road". This provided additional challenge to the project. Travel days ate up the majority of the day and daylight, so I walked as best I could in the airports.
Sadly Jacksonville, FL is not an inspiring place to walk. The neighborhoods are uninteresting housing developments and strip malls, streets are sparse on the landscape and usually consist of offshoot dead-ends and cul-de-sacs. However, there is a beach!
So here I proudly present the results of my January 2017 Fun-A-Day project: 31 walks spanning 2 states and 31 neighborhoods, including one beach and two airports, in temperatures ranging from a windchill low of 2° to a high of 79° through rain, snow, sun, clouds, and wind. "31 Walks January 2017 FunADay"
And here is a better view of the accompanying photos from each day's walk.