Minneapolis Bike Map Painting: Loring Park, Downtown, North East

This is a mixed-media/collage map of downtown streets and bike routes from 2011.  The map encompasses Loring Park (where I lived), downtown Minneapolis, and North East Minneapolis (where my painting studio was).

Minneapolis Bike Map Painting

Minneapolis Bike Map, 60″ x 40″, Acrylic and Mixed Media on Art Board

Originally I had planned to make the bike routes more prominent and intended the map to be more informational/literal, but as I worked on the painting it seemed to take on a life of its own and became more like a self portrait in the form of a map (if that makes any sense at all?).

Bike Map Detail

Bike Map (Detail, Loring Park and the mighty Mississippi)

I liked to describe it as a semi-giant work on paper…. because it seems especially giant if you live in a 350 sq ft studio apartment.

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