DHL's "Biggest Drawing" GPS stunt is fiction
With its loop-de-loops over empty seas and blithe transgression of airspace and flight paths, it was easy for us to be a little suspicious
of DHL's "biggest drawing in the world," ostensibly created by tracking a GPS tranceiver in a plastic briefcase. Now, however, the artist's 'fessed up. From Wired:
It's a fake. The artist has added a line to the bottom of his webpage stating "This is fictional work. DHL did not transport the GPS at any time." And DHL confirmed that Nordenenkar never went any further than a warehouse the company allowed him to film in.
It's a delicious thought: DHL harangued by all sorts of shady international unpleasantness because of an advertising stunt. Wired's Dylan Tweney outlines why it could never have been:
Artist Admits He Didn't Actually Use GPS, DHL to Create 'Biggest Drawing in the World'
* DHL does not deliver to arbitrary latitude-longitude destinations.
* DHL is not likely to consider "trace a few looping lines through the Indian Ocean, without landing" as a valid delivery request, even with lat-long coordinates
* You can't get a GPS signal inside the aluminum skin of an airliner
* No GPS system, even with supplemental batteries, would have lasted the 55 days the artist says his project took
* Details on the setup's "extended tracklog and battery time" are suspiciously absent.
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