The Art of Hiking

Wednesday September 26, 2018 Written by Ronan

With Appalachian Travelogue, 24-year-old hiker George Rue turns his mountain adventures into a mixed-media artwork.

Rue, a fine art student from Nashville, began hiking across the Appalachian trail four years ago. With trips sometimes lasting up to two months at a time, Rue found there was always plenty of material to take from the track and put into his notebook, which served as both a camera and diary.

As the notebook became damaged and encrusted with dirt, Rue came to realise that it was recording the trip in a very physical sense. When he got back home, he decided to create an art series about hiking, not just from the landscape drawings he'd made along the way, but out of the physical artefacts he'd collected too.

The series includes homemade maps, sketches of fellow hikers, handwritten notes about bear attacks, diagrams of his camping equipment, and 'found objects', such as his well-worn shoes. Rue plans to release Appalachian Travelogue as a book. In the meantime, you can head over to his website to check it out.