Victorian Whale: Family Tree

Family Tree: Subway Map

A wedding gift for a groom whose family history was relatively unknown. We started with the goal of making a family tree that featured his family and had a masculine feel to it. We started with some genealogy which revealed that all four of his grandparents had moved from Europe, each to a different New York City borough. The theme of a network of subway lines was suggested by our graphic designer.

The result was a, 18"x24" stretched linen graphic of a 50-person family tree. Each family line traced by a different colour of "subway" line to represent the paths of four ancestral lines that merged in New York City.