Origins of Lifelines (Artwork)
Origins of Lifelines Digital Print 2021

This image is made from individual curve segments, where the distances between the endpoints in each of the segments are randomly drawn from a distribution of ages at the time of death in the USA during 2007, resulting in a rough visual representation of the lengths of lives. This image uses 2025 lifelines, each in the shape of a nearly complete circular arc, with a gap preserving the lifeline's endpoints. Each lifeline is randomly placed and evokes a bacteria colony. The viewer is invited to reflect on the question What is the origin of life?

Background and Inspiration

I first explored the idea of using curves of random length to represent lives for the December 2019 issue of Mathematics Magazine. This is another image in that series.

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