Sculptural Data Visualization – Stock Market and GDP

Dec 17, 2008

In his latest data sculptures, Andreas Nicolas Fischer places data visualization in a physical space when we’re so used to seeing it on a computer monitor. Above is a piece of two layers – the bottom is gross domestic product for 2007 (made of plywood) and the top maps “the derivatives volume, alloted to the coordinates of the countries on a map.” I don’t know what derivatives volume and I probably should, but I’m too lazy to look it up (a lil’ help please?).

From the project page:

This sculpture is a statistical map, a hybrid between physical and conceptual space. The horizontal arrangement equates to the Mercator projection of a world map and the vertical axis metaphorically corresponds to the financial activity of the country.

Similarly, Andreas displays the S & P 500, Dow Jones, and NASDAQ prices in 2008 from January to November:



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