If you have had a DNA test done and are willing to share your ethnic percentages (no personal information needed), sculptor Patty Swygert will convert your data into a color-coded pie chart and mount it on translucent silk panels in a grid with other charts from the community. Using color-matching thread, she will link similar colors of your chart to similar colors of other charts.
The sculpture is designed to address our uniqueness and diversity (the pie charts) and our interconnectedness (the web of colored threads) and will be part of the international art event, Art in Odd Places/Charlottesville. It will be on display on April 5, 2018 (10 am-5 pm) in front of Booker Hall at UVA (across from the Corner) and on April 6, 2018 (10 am-5 pm) near the fountain on the downtown mall.
The sculpture consists of three panels: one including pie charts for the UVA community (students, faculty, staff, alumni), one for residents of the greater Charlottesville area, and one for residents of the rest of Virginia. Hopefully, the sculpture will grow as more people volunteer their percentages.
You can submit your percentages via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail to: Patty Swygert, 5724 Lawson Lane, Earlysville, VA 22936. Please indicate whether you are affiliated with UVA, a resident of greater Charlottesville, or from anywhere else in Virginia, so she will know which panel to put your chart on.
Ms. Swygert also invites those of you interested in genealogy to stop by the sculpture to chat with onlookers about genealogy.