Living Infographics

In June 2017 I unveiled my newest interactive public art project: Living Infographics. The purpose of this one was to examine the daily commutes to work or school for Atlanta’s residents (specifically, visitors to the summer Root City Market).

Participants approached the project, and drew a piece of yarn from the glass that most closely represented their commute—usually we based this off of the length of time spent with each method. So, if you drive five minutes to a Marta station but spend 30 minutes on Marta, we’d consider you a public transit commuter.

We then asked participants to tie one string to the neighborhood they live in, and the other end to how long it typically took them to commute.

I was expecting areas with Marta stations nearby to have high levels of public transit use, and for walking methods to have the shortest duration (with driving alone the longest).

My favorite thing I love about these projects is how they continue to surprise me—there were so many people driving alone for a commute under 15 minutes. One guy smiled as he finished tying his on, and said, “I’m so lucky.” A French woman we talked to for awhile said she was disappointed that so many people with short commutes chose to drive. “Couldn’t they bike?”

Another thing that jumped out was a walking commute that lasted over an hour. Someone walks an hour to work every day? I wish I’d talked to them more about it.

Love this project, and want to bring it to an event near you? Let’s get in touch.

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