“Running The Numbers: An American Self Portrait,” by Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is a brilliant photographer who I recently stumbled across Online. Below are two photos from “American Consumerism.” One of cellphone chargers, the other of Cellphones. Below those two photos is Cans Seurat, 2007, art depicting 106,000 aluminum cans, the amount used in the United States every thirty seconds. Visit his site to see these two great exhibits, “Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait by Chris Jordan 2006-20007,” which depicts art created by large round numbers of consumable products which show exactly how much waste we create every second in the United States; and “Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption, by Chris Jordan 2003-2005.”

The art of Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait by Chris Jordan 2006-20007 (click here to see),” is created out of the following listed items, with additional info about that item’s consumption to make the artist’s point:

Depicts 30,000 reams of office paper, or 15 million sheets, equal to the amount of office paper used in the US every five minutes.

Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.

Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.

Depicts 170,000 disposable Energizer batteries, equal to fifteen minutes of Energizer battery production.

Depicts nine million wooden ABC blocks, equal to the number of American children with no health insurance coverage in 2007.

Depicts 8 million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees harvested in the US every month to make the paper for mail order catalogs.

Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.

Depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.

Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.

Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.

Depicts 65,000 cigarettes, equal to the number of American teenagers under age eighteen who become addicted to cigarettes every month.

Depicts 213,000 Vicodin pills, equal to the number of emergency room visits yearly in the US related to misuse or abuse of prescription pain killers.

Depicts 29,569 handguns, equal to the number of gun-related deaths in the US in 2004.

Depicts 24,000 logos from the GMC Yukon Denali, equal to six weeks of sales of that model SUV in 2004.

Depicts 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005.American Consumerism Photo Exhibit, Chris Jordan

cellphones

Cans Seurat, 2007
60×92″

Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds:

depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the amount used every thirty seconds in the United States

Can detail from above, up close:

these cans made the art above!

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