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Runner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running App

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 28 Jul 2019 15:31
Runner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppRunner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppLenny Maughan/Strava

Runners will know that finding the perfect route takes time and effort. You’ve got to consider safety, terrain and scenery, all the while trying to avoid coming across crowds and busy traffic which could affect your flow.

One runner, from San Francisco, has got his running routes down to a fine art, quite literally.

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Lenny Maughan has spent years perfecting his runs to turn them into carefully crafted pieces of art, and they’re really quite incredible.

Runner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppRunner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppLenny Maughan/Strava

He thoughtfully chooses paths through the city so when viewed on a map, they make creative illustrations, from a heart all the way through to a starship Enterprise.

So far, Lenny has crafted 53 works of art, most recently creating an incredibly detailed image of artist Frida Kahlo, which has since been going viral on Reddit.

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Despite his gift, Lenny never intended to become a running artist, but when route-tracking apps became increasingly popular, more and more runners started noticing images in their journeys.

Runner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppRunner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppLenny Maughan/Strava

Immediately, runners began drawing simple images of penises and the likes for their own amusement.

Lenny explained to the Guardian:

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That’s where it all began. But I wanted to do something different and something original.

His first creation was the Vulcan hand gesture from Star Trek, inspired by Leonard Nimoy’s death in 2015.

Runner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppRunner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppLenny Maughan/Strava

He continued:

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I just printed out a paper map and sketched a hand shape along Market Street and the other fingers, thumb and wrist came pretty easily.

Next, he managed to successfully map out a TV set and a giant Bat-Signal based on, you guessed it, Batman, which encompassed most of the city.

According to Lenny, ‘the larger you go, the more fine-tuned you can make the shape.’

In fact, creating Frida Kahlo, Lenny had to run 28.9 miles to complete the illustration using the running app Strava.

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Runner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppRunner Creates Incredible Artwork With His Feet And Running AppEmma Rosemurgey

While creating his routes can be a complicated process, it all begins with pen and paper, which is pretty apt for Lenny, who has always loved drawing.

He said:

When I was a kid everyone thought I’d be an artist when I grew up – I was always drawing things.

Lenny has lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years and many of his illustrations have connected to the region, from a firefighter’s helmet and axe, to honour first responders amid wildfires to outlining the shape of California.

Now, that’s impressive.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: Health, App, Art, Running, Technology

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The Guardian
  1. The Guardian

    The runner who makes elaborate artwork with his feet and a map