The Atlas of Tomorrow: A Device for Philosophical Reflections

The Atlas of Tomorrow by Candy Chang. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Artist Candy Chang at the Atlas of Tomorrow mural site. Photo by Steve Weinik.

About This Project 

The Atlas of Tomorrow: A Device for Philosophical Reflection is an interactive installation that translates the I Ching into a public tool to help people examine their lives. Instead of traditional coin-tossing to determine your I Ching hexagram, this process involves rotating a pointer. A painted dial displays the sixty-four characters like a clock face. Passersby are invited to think of a question or situation in their life where they seek clarity and then turn the wheel at the sidewalk level to rotate the dial. Once they stand back to see which specific character the dial points to, they can find the character and its guidance on one of sixty-four stories displayed at the sidewalk level.

This installation injects a device for philosophical thinking into our public spaces and challenges the potential of what a mural can do. Permanently interactive, it is a tool for collective reflection, encouraging self-realization and communal kinship for the entire Philadelphia community. Inspired by simple machines, public clock towers, and tools for well being, The Atlas of Tomorrow is a magical, modern-day oracle in the public realm that encourages us to contemplate our inner struggles and improve our well being together.