Shocking Eco Art: Our Waste by the Numbers

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On first glance, every piece in artist Chris Jordan’s collection, “Running the Numbers,” appears to be simply a beautiful work of modern art. But look more closely, and you’ll see that each piece depicts the enormous amount of natural resources we consume and throw away – represented by plastic bags, light bulbs or packing peanuts. Here’s a sample of works from Jordan’s thought-provoking collection.
 

1. “Caps Seurat,” 2011

bottle caps, plastic bottles
Photo: Chris Jordan
bottle caps, plastic bottles
bottle cap, plastic bottle
electricity, energy
electricity, energy
plastic cups, airline waste
plastic cup, airline waste
paper shopping bags
paper shopping bags
packing peanuts, polystyrene
packing peanuts, styrofoam
junk mail, trees
junk mail, trees
plastic bags
plastic bags
plastic bags, ocean litter
plastic bags, ocean litter
plastic, ocean litter
plastic, ocean litter
plastic, ocean litter

Look closely at this homage to Georges Seurat’s famous painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” and you’ll see the 400,000 plastic bottle caps Jordan painted to represent the average number of plastic bottles consumed in the U.S. every minute.


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