Chris Jordan: Running The Numbers

Full size image depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.

Full size image depicts 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river).

Full size image depicts 260,000 car keys, equal to the number of gallons of gasoline burned in motor vehicles in the US every minute.

Full size image depicts one hundred million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail.

Full size image depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.

Full size image depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.

Amazing work ‘Running The Numbers’ from artist/photographer Chris Jordan decodes meaning behind abstract and complex numbers that can often be difficult to comprehend and visualize.

Straight from the horse’s mouth: “Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books.

This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.”

Check out the full experience of these works on Chris’s website.

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