Packing of Lifelines (Artwork)
Packing of Lifelines Digital Print 2020

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 in the shape of a nearly complete circular arcs. Each lifeline is placed in a 45 by 45 grid. Empty spaces are due to the lifelines of length 0 associated with infant mortality. The viewer is invited to reflect on population density and ponder the question How much life can our planet support?

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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