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The XYZ Atlas maps our emotional experiences and transforms our stories into artistic GIS maps, sculptures & events.
The XYZ Atlas maps our emotional experiences and transforms our stories into artistic GIS maps, sculptures & events.
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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 
  • Catalog
Plutchik's Chart of Emotions with Chenoweth's Colors
Plutchik's Chart of Emotions with Chenoweth's Colors

How do we create attachment to place? How do we create our attachments to Austin, Texas?

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.

2013 Hedonic Map of Austin, Barton Springs Emotional High Point
2013 Hedonic Map of Austin, Barton Springs Emotional High Point

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?

X-Vortex Horizontal Interactive Light Sculpture
X-Vortex Horizontal Interactive Light Sculpture
XYZ Atlas Logo T-shirt
XYZ Atlas Logo T-shirt
Print Catalog for XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin
Print Catalog for XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin
Emotion Spectrum Puzzle
Emotion Spectrum Puzzle
X-Vortex Doubled, Vertical 3D-Printed Sculpture
X-Vortex Doubled, Vertical 3D-Printed Sculpture
Dance of the Cosmos Brass Sculpture, 5"x 5"x 5", Opens and Closes
Dance of the Cosmos Brass Sculpture, 5"x 5"x 5", Opens and Closes
2016 Final Map, Digital Print and 3D Printed Model
2016 Final Map, Digital Print and 3D Printed Model
3D-Printed Dance of the Cosmos Mechanical Tabletop Sculpture
3D-Printed Dance of the Cosmos Mechanical Tabletop Sculpture

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.

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    All pledges receive a heartfelt “Thank You” and digital high-five email from XYZ Atlas artist Jennifer Chenoweth.
    Help make the exhibition at Zilker Park awesome. Donate “Dance of the Cosmos” sculpture permanently to Zilker Botanical Garden. Support the creation of new works like the interactive X Vortex light sculpture.

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    Receive high-resolution digital downloads of the XYZ Atlas GIS Maps and Emotion Charts.

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    Get the limited edition XYZ Atlas logo T-shirt. T-shirts are 100% cotton, made in the USA, and screenprinted by hand in Austin, TX. Only 50 logo t-shirts will be made in xs, s, m, l, xl sizing. You will be contacted for your t-shirt sizing after you pledge.

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    Receive the limited edition 12-by-12-inch digital prints of the XYZ Atlas GIS Map and Emotion Chart. The maps will be hand numbered and signed by Jennifer Chenoweth and map collaborators Tiffany Cousins and David O'Donnell. The Emotion Chart will be signed and hand numbered by Jennifer Chenoweth.

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    Get the “XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin” project print CATALOG that includes a project essay, art photos, stories, and maps. Each 8-by-8-inch softcover catalog is signed and hand numbered by artist Jennifer Chenoweth. The catalog was designed by Laine Hardy.

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    Get the “XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin” Emotion Chart wooden puzzle. This limited edition puzzle is 4-by-15-by-15-inch in size and is suitable as desktop art or children’s toy. The puzzle will be hand numbered and signed by artist Jennifer Chenoweth.

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    Order the "X-Vortex" 3D printed (SLA) tabletop sculpture. The limited edition 9-by-6-by-6-inch 3D sculpture plays with the geometric perspective between 2D and 3D. The X Vortex sculpture was made in collaboration with John Dolecek.

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    Order the “Dance of the Cosmos” brass mechanical sculpture. The limited edition handmade 5-by-3-by-3-inch brass sculpture opens and closes just like the full-size sculpture. The sculpture is made in collaboration with Matt Norris, and will be numbered and signed by the artists.

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    Receive the “XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin” 3D-printed 2016 GIS map tabletop sculpture. The approximately 12-by-12-8-inch limited edition multi-colored sculpture is made in collaboration with Tiffany Cousins and John Dolecek. Each Austin map sculpture will be numbered and signed by the artists.

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    Get the “Dance of the Cosmos” 3D-printed plastic mechanical tabletop sculpture from the “XYZ Atlas: the Hedonic Map of Austin” project. The 12"x18"x18" limited edition tabletop sculpture opens and closes just like the full-sized version. The “Dance of the Cosmos” sculpture is collaboration with John Dolecek. Each tabletop sculpture will be numbered and signed by the artists.

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    Breakfast Party with Jennifer PLUS MORE! Artist Jennifer Chenoweth cooks breakfast for you and 20 guests at your Austin location or at Fisterra Studio in East Austin. On the menu: Austin-style eggs, bacon, waffles, pancakes, and coffee. Additionally you and your 20 guests will receive tickets to a private reception for the XYZ Atlas exhibit.

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    Receive the “XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin” 3D-printed 2016 GIS map tabletop sculpture PLUS 2 tickets to a private reception for exhibition. The approximately 36-by-36-by-24-inch limited edition multi-colored sculpture is made in collaboration with Tiffany Cousins and John Dolecek. Each sculpture will be numbered and signed by the artists.

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    Bring the XYZ Atlas to your town! This seed funding supports initial project planning travel to your town, meetings with local governmental and civic leaders, a public talk plus a one-on-one visit with you. Trip dates and schedules are to be mutually agreed upon. PLEASE NOTE: Undertaking the XYZ Atlas project in your town requires additional planning and funding.

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    Commission the “Dance of the Cosmos” mechanical solar powered sculpture for your landscape. The 4-by-10-by-10-foot steel and concrete sculpture is half the size of the original. PLEASE NOTE: Shipping and installation are additional costs and will vary depending on the installation location.

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