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E Pluribus Unum [chrisjordan.com] from Chris Jordan is a summary representation of all the names of organizations in the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous cultures. It consists of a 24x24 feet large aluminum panel onto which all the names were laser-etched.

The data consists of a database of about 130,000 known organizations which were duplicated a few times to make a million names total, the conservative estimate for the actual number of such organizations worldwide. Craig S. Kaplan from The University of Waterloo in Ontario developed a program that assembled all the names into a single image. The only input from Chris into this process was design-related, to choose elements such as font size and spacing.

The purpose of this data art piece is to visualize the vast network of altruistic human organizations in every country, city, and community around the world, all working in parallel together. Despite their enormous diversity of size, focus, and geographic location, these organizations are all united around a set of core values that places compassion and stewardship as highest priorities.

Via @EllnMllr.


Chris Jordan continues to inspire. I remember the first piece of his I saw - hundreds of airplanes in the sky. Coupled with his other work - visualizing how much waste humans generate, or the amount of deaths caused by smoking - he's done more to visualize important data than anyone else I can think of by name.

Thanks for this great new coverage!

Thu 01 Jul 2010 at 10:39 AM

This fool uses silver light, can you believe it? SILVERLIGHT.

Sun 04 Jul 2010 at 5:57 PM
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