Thorns of Lifelines (Artwork)
Thorns 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 1000 linear lifelines placed along vertical lines topped with a curve that represents a thorn. The viewer is invited to reflect on the question How many thorns do I present to others?

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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