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

This is a mixed-media painted map of Loring Park (where I lived in 2011), 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 intended the map to be more informational/literal, but as I applied paint and added color it seemed to take on a life of its own.  It became more like a self portrait in the form of a map.  It depicts the important places in my life during that time period and through color and form conveys their significance to me.

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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