Contribute to the XYZ Atlas Finale Kickstarter Campaign and be part of the first-ever emotional mapping and sculpture art project that started in Austin.
The event will be in May at Barton Springs and Zilker Park in conjunction with the West Austin Studio Tour. We will celebrate with sculptures, indoor and outdoor exhibits, GIS maps, receptions, and participant-friendly events. We have tentative approval from the City of Austin, but we need your help to make it happen!
Proceeds of this campaign will also help donate the “Dance of the Cosmos” sculpture to Zilker Botanical Garden. This will be my first large-scale permanent public art in Austin.
As Austin gets bigger, we must celebrate her heart and soul and the places that give us a sense of belonging. A collaboration of artists, scientists, the city and its people, XYZ Atlas is a love letter to Austin.
XYZ Atlas Artworks:
- "Hedonic Map of Austin"
- "Emotional Spectrum"
- "Dance of the Cosmos"
- "X Vortex" Vertical Sculpture
- "X Vortex" Horizonal Interactive Light Sculpture
Since 2013, the XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin art project has been surveying Austinites from all walks of life and pinpointing their emotional highs and lows on maps of Austin. After gathering more than 450 surveys and creating more than 20 in-person events, art exhibits and installations, the project has reached more than 14,000 Austinites.
The XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin mapping process found that the emotional heart of Austin is Barton Springs. This is the place where respondents have had their most positive emotional life experiences.
Jennifer Chenoweth invites you to participate in this unique opportunity to visualize how we experience belonging.
Pre-ordering 3D-printed art, handmade art, mechanical sculptures, and catalogs is one of the AMAZING ways you can support the XYZ Atlas project finale.
What do these artworks look like?
Commission a half-size Dance of the Cosmos sculpture (4'x10'x18') for your landscape, or help fund the installation and maintenance of the permanent donation of the large piece to the Zilker Botanical Garden.
Watch these fun videos for more information on the XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin.
XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin Project Background
The XYZ Atlas began as Jennifer Chenoweth’s way of producing a topographic map of the emotional experiences that created meaning in her hometown. Drawing inspiration from psychologist Robert Plutchik’s Theory of Emotions and old-school Atari 3D video game graphics, XYZ Atlas aims to challenge all of us to define what it means to be truly alive and at home in the world. The X-Vortex Location Marker is a visual representation of a pointer on a map, a three-dimensional rendering of an imaginary but recognizable object.
Launched in 2013 with the support of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division and Parks and Recreation Department, the XYZ Atlas began with an anonymous survey intended to collect participants’ stories and data. Over the next 2 years, more than 20 exhibits, installations and events were produced in Austin, at venues such as CoLab Projects, the University of Texas at Austin, the Elisabet Ney Museum, the Thinkery museum, and Austin parks and community events.
The XYZ Atlas project has been featured in the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, Austin Monthly, Tribeza, Austin Insider, Impact Austin, The End of Austin, and the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Psychology newsletter.
Risks and challenges
The final exhibit at Barton Springs has the preliminary approval of the City of Austin. We have designed a giant, beautiful show with all the parts shown here, plus a few surprises.
The final editions of the 2016 2D and 3D maps have not been created yet, and currently exist only as raw data. They will look different than the 2013 Hedonic Maps of Austin pictured.
Final small sculpture sizes may differ slightly from dimensions given here, as several artworks are still in the prototype phase.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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