Future Times [100×100]

Future Times [100×100] is a data-sculpture created in collaboration between Chris O’Leary and Casey Alt which visualizes 100 years of forward thought. The work consists of a stack of 100 1-meter square acrylic plates with each plate representing one year from 1908 to 2008. Each plate has 100 holes that correspond to the top 100 most frequent noun phrases associated with the phrase “in the future” for each year. A horizontal beam of white light wanders up and down one side of the sculpture, illuminating one plate at a time.