The art of geocaching

Geocaching has many examples of creativity. Some geocache hiders create very elaborate containers when they hide a geocache. Others might come up with a creative challenge cache that makes finders go caching in a particular way. And then there’s geo-art. Geo-art is the placing of caches in such a way that they form a picture or pattern when viewed on the cache map at geocaching.com. Most geo-art seem to be in the western US, where there’s lots of open space for the caches to be placed. I’ve provided links for one of the caches in each piece of geoart. To see the full piece of art, you’ll need to click the “View Larger Map” link above the second map on the page (the one on the right-hand side just before the logs begin).

One of the first examples I heard about is the Alien Head and UFO, which is in Nevada:

Alien and UFO geoartCache link: http://coord.info/GC2550R

There’s also a cyclist in Ohio, and a steam train near Boise, Idaho.

Cyclist geoartCache link: http://coord.info/GC3WQ97

Steamtrain geoartCache link: http://coord.info/GC3FA3B

In Sweden, there’s even geoart of a saint.

Swedish geoartCache link: http://coord.info/GC3FFCQ

And in California there’s a space shuttle, peace sign, and Winnebago.

Triple geoartCache link: http://coord.info/GC39XTW

The following examples aren’t structly geo-art, but they’re still pretty cool to see. In Hungary, cachers have placed a series of caches which outline the border of Budapest, and in Latvia they’ve gone one step further and outlined the border of the entire country with puzzle caches.

Budapest geo-art Cache link: http://coord.info/GC32Q9N

Latvia geo-artCache link: http://coord.info/GC40MF3

My favourite example of geo-art is the F-16 Falcon fighter jet, which has been placed in Idaho. They’ve managed to use different cache types to add colour to the picture.

F-16 geoart

Cache link: http://coord.info/GC35AXD

If you wanted to see some other examples, there’s a geoart board on Pinterest. A web search for “geocaching geoart” will also bring up lists of geoart creations from around the world. I’m not aware of any geo-art in Australia, yet. I guess it’s because there aren’t enough geocachers in the areas where there’s enough space to create it. Maybe you could try and create some geo-art on a small scale?

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I'm a health librarian in Sydney, Australia, who also happens to be a geocacher.
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3 Responses to The art of geocaching

  1. Newgradlib says:

    This is very cool. The more I read about ego aching the more I think it’s something I want to get into!

    • Andrew says:

      Yes Clare, once you start caching it can be quite hard to stop! Looks like your auto correct or spell checker didn’t like “geocaching” and turned it into “ego aching”. Your ego can get a bit bruised if you can’t find a cache, so it’s not a bad alternative.

  2. Dawn Perry says:

    Wow! All amazing. So much work involved so very impressive. There is geo-art in Australia. Someone on the South-east Queensland Facebook Group just posted a picture of one he developed in Toogoolawah. I can’t upload a photo. But it was the shape of Australia. I have a feeling Toogoolawah are about to have a few extra tourists. 🙂
    I didn’t know geo-art existed so of course had to google it and this blog is first one that comes up. Thanks for sharing.

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