An Urn or Art? 99 Years of a Population in 3D

Posted on Thursday January 28, 02010

France by Mathieu Lehanneur in "Age of the World"


Continuing along the trend of helping to make large amounts of data immediately digestible and yet irresistibly captivating, please take some time to study the work of French designer, Mathieu Lehanneur.  The collection of enameled ceramic urns, called "The Age of the World," layers rings of population totals classified by age groups upon each other all from one year; in this case the year 2007. With 99-year-olds represented by the smallest ring at the top and newborns at the bottom.  "My goal was to transform the demographic data into a more emotional object." Lehanneur says.  The designer's intent seems to be to shock the viewer into taking stock of one's moment in life, a life which grow closer to a single point as time goes on.  However I would like to use it to focus on how population studies are an important component of understanding Earth's carrying capacity for us humans.  These sculptures help me visualize the data and connect with the different generations that make them up.  Information, careful analysis, and perspective will be keys to creating solutions to our common global challenges. Some of these challenges need a little inspiration from time to time to face.

Russia, Egypt & The US by Mathieu Lehanneur in "Age of the World"

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