Why People Walk, Part 1: Art

As promised in a past post, I hope to devote a few posts to the varied reasons why people walk. Although there appears to be a relatively small number of people who have taken on walks such as mine to walk every street of a city or region, I have found all sorts of other interesting walking projects and motivations for walking. Some that I plan to talk about include exercise, psychogeography, academic explorations of walking, walking meditation, etc. Some of the most interesting and varied walking projects I have encountered have been done as art projects. Now one might ask what makes a walking project “art.” As with the observations on my walks, I am not going to make too many judgments about this question. I also do not feel a need to delve into the “what is art?” discussion; there are plenty of forums for this elsewhere. By no means is my coverage of this topic comprehensive; this is just a sampling of some of the artists and projects I have run across. Note that some of these websites are graphics intensive:

Artist Richard Long has created sculptures by walking in the landscape, walks as “textworks”, and other art resulting from walking.

Artist Hamish Fulton‘s website notes “only art resulting from the experience of individual walks.”

Janet Cardiff is know for her multisensory audio walks.

In One Mile From Home, Julie from the UK has this challenge: “Walk a minimum of one mile from home. Record where you’ve been with a drawing, sculpture, photo or painting and then walk back. Every day for a year.” She posts the art on her blog, and includes links to others who she has inspired to take on similar challenges.

Among the projects of the group of artists Wright & Sites is their series of Mis-guides that suggest “a series of walks and points of observation and contemplation within a particular town, city or landscape.”

The Los Angeles Urban Rangers have offered guided hikes in Los Angeles, including projects at the L.A. County Fair and on Hollywood Blvd.

Also see my post about Kate Pocrass’ Mundane Journeys book and tours.


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