List of Physical Visualizations
and Related Artifacts

2018 – Anthropocene Footprints


Handmade physicalizations of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, by Mieka West and Sheelagh Carpendale. Each object represents data from a specific year (1990, 2010, and projections to 2030). Initially meant to be smog masks, the designs evolved into strange and beautiful objects evoking indigeneous artefacts such as Native American dreamcatchers, Inca quipus and Polynesian genealogical instruments, and whose visual and material complexity is reminiscent of Nathalie Miebach’s Woven Sculptures. See their website for how to read the data.

The objects were on display at the IEEE VIS 2018 Arts Program (VISAP’18) in Berlin.


  1. Mieka West and Sheelagh Carpendale (2018) Anthropocene Footprints.
  2. Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2018.

Added by: Pierre Dragicevic. Category: Passive physical visualization  Tags: fabric, greenhouse gas, hand-made, pollution