About the Project

About the Project

Established in 1872, the Arnold Arboretum is world-renowned for its vast collection of plants and beautiful landscape. Created by the famous Boston landscape designer Olmstead, the Arboretum’s goal is to provide the people with a terrific piece of public land that would be open to pedestrians and be available for educational and scientific purposes as well.

Containing plants from all over the world, the Arboretum has been a topic of study for many years. The results of the study of this 265 acres and 70,000+ plants that make up this landscape have produced copious amounts of data.

Making sense of data by simply glancing at a spreadsheet is both tedious and tiresome. Because of this, NuVu Studios in collaboration with MetaLAB (at) Harvard and the Arnold Arboretum wanted to visualize this data by expressing it in a way that is easily comprehended by virtually anyone.

Because of the mass amounts of data that the Arboretum contains, they enlisted the help of MetaLAB to visualize this data in a clear way. MetaLAB is a lab at Harvard University that is dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture in the arts and humanities. The Lab then came to the conclusion that ideas for data visualization should come from young minds who have no preconceptions of the arboretum, or plant science, thus producing ideas that would be relatable to a person who has no correlation with the Arboretum.