Thursday, June 07, 2007

What Does "Too Much" Actually Look Like?


Chris Jordan's large-scale art would be exquisite if it weren't so scary. He makes statistics come to very vivid life. Cold numbers may not resonate with you, but once you see these pictures you'll never forget them.

For example, do you know how many plastic beverage bottles Americans go through every five minutes?

This many:


Here's a detail:


Similarly, here are the aluminum cans we use every thirty seconds:


And, finally, the amount the government spends on the war in Iraq. Every hour.

In
hundred dollar bills.


These are large works -- Franklin is 8.5' x 10' -- and I'm sure these thumbnails don't do them justice. But you can see larger photos, and more of his remarkable works, at chrisjordan.com.

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