Man Creates World’s Largest Message Using GPS and 12K+ Miles of Driving

Here’s a method of scrawling gigantic messages that puts skywriting to shame: Nick Newcomen spent 30 days driving 12,238 miles across 30 states in a GPS-logger equipped car, tracing the message “Read Ayn Rand” across the face of the United States. Ayn Rand is a Russian-American novelist and philosopher who write two bestselling books (The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged) and introduced a philosophy called Objectivism.

After the road trip, he loaded the location data from the logger (a Qstarz BT-Q1000X) into Google Earth to produce the end result: the world’s biggest writing.

To prove that he actually visited the places indicated by the GPS locations, he filmed short videos at various locations, which can be viewed by clicking each of the giant letters on the website he set up.

A while back, a Swedish artist named Erik Nordenenkar claimed to have created the following drawing using a GPS-equipped packaged shipped via DHL, and stating that it was the biggest in the world:

Afterward, he admitted that it was a fictional work.

World’s Biggest Writing (via Wired)

  • Ilan (@ilanbr)

    Wow… that’s a lot for spare time.
    I really have to check these books now, I wonder what can make a man do such thing :)

  • Darren Baker

    What an utter waste of time… Friggin’ Randians.

  • Ranger9

    There’s a fascinating conceptual symmetry here. Obviously this project involved a monumental waste of time, and reading Ayn Rand’s leaden fiction and sophomoric philosophy is likewise a monumental waste of time, so perhaps Newcomen’s message has deeper layers of meaning than he intended!

    Crikey, now I suppose somebody’s going to feel obligated to go out and drive 15,000 miles gaming Google Earth to spell out “Read Karl Marx,” creating a purely virtual Battle of the Deeply Flawed Philosophers…

  • Twinmama

    Ayn Rand SUCKS. I am sorry he went to so much trouble to honor the philosophy of “I’ve got mine, screw you.”

  • Dave Knapik
  • Moayad H

    I must say that this is a kind of a lame phrase to go through all this trouble for :p Unless there is a really good cause behind it… and I mean REALLY good!

  • Hildegard07

    That is an appropriate testimony to the nombrilism & fatuity of Rand’s infantile oeuvre.

  • G. Liu

    Stupid. Like anyone can actually see your message from space.

  • Carleigh

    i hope this person was environmentally responsible and at least did all this driving in a hybrid, or better yet, on a bicycle.

  • gps dvd

    That is an appropriate testimony to the nombrilism & fatuity of Rand’s infantile oeuvre.