Ancient Family Tree: Am I A Descendant Of A Royal Family? by Fan Xiang, Shunshan Zhu
As large amounts of genealogical data made open, people could trace back their family roots. Our data source is the China Biographical Database of Harvard University.
We further explored the metaphor of a tree visualizing family relationships in 3D. When the individuals were connected the tree that formed appeared tortuous and mechanical, combining man-made and natural forces, like bonsai plants.
For observers, the crystal glass sculptures offer freedom of perspective. The viewers would keep bringing up questions while observing trees in their hands.
Unfortunately, we have not identified our royal blood yet.
CreditsFan Xiang: Chief Designer; Shunshan Zhu: Data Scientist; Yi Liu: Digital Modeling; Yilin Zhu: Fractals Geometry Modeling; Zhiqiang Liang: Digital Animation Modeling; Shuhao Liu: Video Editing; Kevin Maher: Writing and Editing