The Future is a series of data-driven sculptures that illuminate critical human rights issues affecting people around the world. The sculptures are freestanding marquee-style signs that are each composed of 206 light bulbs. Each bulb represents one of the world’s 206 sovereign states; collectively, the light bulbs spell the word “future” in some of the most commonly spoken languages.
The first three sculptures in the series are written in English, Mandarin and Hindi. They illuminate the overall state of peace, death penalty and marriage equality around the world. Data is culled from various sources, including the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and Amnesty International.
Fabrication assistance provided by Leah Flook, Michelle Greene, Brandon McGahey and Maghen Stennet.