Literature and Art Science: environmental data in watercolor painting
Literature and Art Science: environmental data in watercolor painting
Boring data can also be turned into paintings.

Today we are going to introduce some special scientific data charts. I don't know if you usually read papers, but in general, scientific research papers have to be stuffed with a few charts, such as fitting curves, line charts, bar charts, pie charts, and so on. Although it looks much more intuitive than a lot of numbers, it is actually quite boring.

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readers generally don't like such monotonous charts, and the mass media are naturally reluctant to publish them, so if the numbers in the chart are important, how do you convey its meaning? Artist Jill Pelto's answer is: turn them into watercolors.

it's like this:

Jill Pelto herself is a scientist who pays attention to environmental science, so she also hopes to make people feel the change of environment and climate in an intuitive way. The picture above shows a burning forest fire, while the line chart skipped above the canopy shows data on the global average temperature. It can be seen that the temperature is on the rise, and statistics show that as the temperature rises, the incidence of forest fires is also on the rise.

and in this picture, we can see the ocean and the lovely clown fish. There is also a broken line in the middle, and this time, its overall trend is declining. This broken line shows a decline in the ocean's pH, and ocean acidification can also threaten ocean ecosystems.

and this picture depicts the monitoring data on glacier melting directly as a glacier.

all in all, it feels like an interesting attempt, not only a beautiful painting, but also valuable in promoting dissemination. More environmental data paintings can be seen on her website, but the picture explanation remains to be improved.

PS: it is estimated that people are more concerned about gravitational waves these two days, but this is really not what I am good at, and the time is rather short, so I am reading the original article directly. If you are interested, take a look at it.