Claire Wyckoff

Cock Of The Sidewalk

Photography (Left): Claire Wyckoff

Using an app and a map, Claire Wyckoff turns the streets of San Francisco into a giant canvas - with NSFW results.

THE RED BULLETIN: Do you draw because you run,
or run because you draw?

CLAIRE WYCKOFF: I like making people laugh. And I like not being fat. So I run. It was an anti-fat, pro-laughter impulse.

What was the first shape you ran?

The first drawing I made was of a corgi, the best dog in the world. My husband and I had been out running and I noticed that the satellite view of the route we took looked a bit like a dog, so I went back and improved it.

Claire Wyckoff

Rude Health

You’ve got to hand it to her: what happens when Claire Wyckoff goes for a run

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 And what’s with all the penises?

They are just so incredibly funny! And the people at Nike no doubt had other intentions when they developed the app [Nike+], so that makes the penises even funnier.

How long does it take you to produce a drawing?

Appearances can be deceptive. I often have to go back on myself, meaning that a line that only looks around three miles long was actually a six-mile run.

What kind of pre-run preparation do you do?

I will normally sketch the shapes on a map first to see if they’ll turn out how I imagine. Then I’ll take the sketch out with me on my run and spend the whole time looking between the running app and the pattern I want to create.

Do you always create art when you go out for a run?

No, not at all. The drawings take a lot more work than it might look. 

 

Penises are just so incredibly funny!
Claire Wyckoff

Have you ever had to take a ridiculous shortcut to get the shape you wanted?

Well, one time, my run took me through a graveyard. It felt quite strange drawing a huge penis around all those graves. 

Have you ever met any other figure runners?

Well, I don’t think there were many before this, but now there are. People have started doing their own penis runs and tagging me on Instagram. So I’ve “Insta-met” a lot of them!

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