This is a detail of the final 2016 Hedonic Map of Austin created by David Michael O’Donnell in ArcGIS.
As an artist, I create visualizations about ideas. I was trying to understand how to accept all my feelings and experiences, not just the pleasurable ones. I came across Psychologist Robert Plutchik’s chart of emotions, and after I assigned it to a color wheel, I could finally visualize emotional wholeness. Then I started asking how we create attachment to place, starting with where I live, Austin, Texas.
There are amazing opportunities to participate in this project. I want to invite you to join this unique opportunity to visualize how we experience belonging.