Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chris Jordan's "Running the Numbers" artistic depiction of our mass consumption continues

Chris Jordan of Seattle continues his "Running the Numbers" project to bring some sort of visual realization of our destructive consumption on the earth and our fellow citizens.

Chris visited San Antonio in July 2008. He gave a lecture at Municipal Auditorium and a number of his works were displayed at the central library and the Southwest School of Art and Craft.

But his work continues. Recent works include "Light Bulbs" which depicts 320,000 light bulbs a number equal to the number of kilowatt hours wasted every minute in the United States from inefficient residential electricity usage.

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

While "Packing Peanuts" shows 166,000 packing peanuts, equal to the number of overnight packages shipped by air in the U.S. every hour.

His other projects have included In Katrina's Wake: A portrait of an unnatural disaster, which resulted in a hardcover book published by Princeton Architectural Press and Intolerable Beauty in which he photographed the accumulated detritus of our mass consumption.

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