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snugglefestival
02-06-2016, 08:47 PM
I was glad to finally get together with the Amazing Team 12 Cyclo-Paths over happy hour last night and to hang out with some of our friendliest of friendly rivals from other teams. Thanks to all of you for weighing in on the pointless prize I'm about to post. I learned that someone on this forum is particularly skilled at Strava art, but I hope that my encouragement of creativity will inspire others to see what they can make!

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The Prize: The opportunity to attend the opening of "The Outwin" exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday, March 11. This is a triennial portrait competition for artists from across the country.

The Challenge: Complete a bike ride that yields the most creative* Strava Art. (*Creative, as judged by yours truly.)

The Rules: I can't look at all of everyone's rides on Strava, so in order to compete, you must post a picture of your Strava art along with the ride's title to this thread before midnight on February 29. The ride must have taken place between January 1, 2016 and February 29, 2016. As a one-time English major with no actual training in art, I am likely to put as much weight on the title of your ride as I put on the ride art itself. Entries that are portraits (broadly defined) will impress me, but won't necessarily win. Ridiculous entries are encouraged.

Things You Should Know about The Outwin : It's awesome. http://portraitcompetition.si.edu/content/exhibition-2016

Things You Should Know If You Lose: Don't despair. The opening event is just one night, but the exhibition itself will be up from March 12, 2016 until January 8, 2017. The museum is open 364 days a year, free of charge, from 11:30am - 7:00pm each day, so it's easy to pop by after work and you have plenty of time to catch the show!

I am looking forward to seeing what you all can do!

bentbike33
02-14-2016, 07:06 PM
My Frozen Valentine

https://www.strava.com/activities/493579315

shardg
02-24-2016, 11:20 PM
https://www.strava.com/activities/501638751

KWL
02-25-2016, 12:07 PM
https://www.strava.com/activities/501638751

Pretty nice. Does unintentional art count?

davidq
02-25-2016, 11:04 PM
Apparently I am not an artist, just for fun.

https://www.strava.com/activities/502428270

Sunyata
02-26-2016, 08:01 AM
Apparently I am not an artist, just for fun.

https://www.strava.com/activities/502428270

Kind of looks like a T-Rex riding a bull... :)

shardg
02-26-2016, 09:22 AM
Pretty nice. Does unintentional art count?

Oops, did not know it had to be planned. My ride was not intentional, just happen chance and pointed out by another rider. I came across the pointless prize post and thought I would share.

snugglefestival
02-26-2016, 06:21 PM
As the judge of this pointless prize, I will permit unintentional art!

komorebi
02-28-2016, 01:27 PM
snugglefestival, your pointless prize inspired me to make my first attempt at Strava art. Thanks for providing the extra motivation (even if my hamstrings are less than grateful for the extra hills)!

Because riding feels like flying,
https://www.strava.com/activities/504738024

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1511/24721078054_cfae16560a.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DEvZeG)
2-28-2016 1-10-46 PM (https://flic.kr/p/DEvZeG), on Flickr

KWL
02-29-2016, 08:10 PM
Oops, did not know it had to be planned. My ride was not intentional, just happen chance and pointed out by another rider. I came across the pointless prize post and thought I would share.I'm sorry my (intended) lighthearted comment led you to believe your work of art wasn't a valid entry for snugglefestival's Pointless Prize. I think it's pretty darn good and all the better that it wasn't planned.

snugglefestival
03-01-2016, 03:53 PM
And the winner is komorebi!

Having tried (and failed) to make a shape on a ride this month, I am more impressed than ever before with how hard it is to create Strava art. Thanks to everyone for playing along. I was impressed with all of them!

scoot
03-01-2016, 05:02 PM
snugglefestival, your pointless prize inspired me to make my first attempt at Strava art. Thanks for providing the extra motivation (even if my hamstrings are less than grateful for the extra hills)!

Because riding feels like flying,
https://www.strava.com/activities/504738024

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1511/24721078054_cfae16560a.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DEvZeG)
2-28-2016 1-10-46 PM (https://flic.kr/p/DEvZeG), on Flickr

Glebe and George Mason FTW!

Allan C
03-12-2016, 08:58 PM
https://www.strava.com/activities/515408386 (And yes, I know the competition is over. Art is its own reward.)

Judd
03-12-2016, 09:22 PM
https://www.strava.com/activities/515408386 (And yes, I know the competition is over. Art is its own reward.)

The poor hind legs on that dog!

snugglefestival
03-13-2016, 06:35 AM
I love it!

vvill
03-13-2016, 11:55 AM
Art is its own reward.
So true!

Looks like a missed opportunity for a pooping dog, though.

bentbike33
03-31-2016, 01:52 PM
Art is its own reward.

Which is why I think this thread should continue.