Visualizing Climate: String Survey

A 50-foot data visualization of participants’ thoughts and opinions on climate change, developed as part of the all-night Northern Spark arts festival focused on the theme of climate. With strings color-coded by age group, survey takers answered a series of scaled questions, sparking conversation and engaging the community.

Throughout the night, 570 participants engaged directly with “String Survey,” with thousands more participating in the overall installation. “String Survey” showed that while people feel a strong need to act on climate, they see their individual role in addressing the challenge to be less apparent.

Team included: Arlene Birt, Jack Becker, Nichole Goodwell, and Randy Walker.
The project was supported by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Sustainable Design Program and the MCAD Gallery.