Running the numbers II

By Guido Trombetta on 11:00 AM ,
I've already spoken about Chris Jordan twice, here and here, and I'm very happy to do it agian. His orginal artwork series "Running the numbers" has been one of the most interesting works I've seen in the last two years and I haven't spoken about it here on the blog (if not just incidentally) just because there wasn't a very strong relation with water. I'm very happy therefore that in its new series "Running the numbers II" the sea seems to be the true protagonist.

The idea behind these two series of artworks is trying to launch a message about social and environmental issues realizing images that join a nice graphical approach with the cold numbers and statistics that are behind these problems. This is possible because is artworks are realized putting together huge numbers of small elements that in the overall view create another image. The most fascinating aspect though is that the small elements are in a exact number that is related with the issue presented by the overall image. As always, however, looking the images is pretty much more understandable that an explanation:

Gyre, 2009
Depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour. All of the plastic in this image was collected from the Pacific Ocean.

© Chris Jordan

Shark Teeth, 2009
Depicts 270,000 fossilized shark teeth, equal to the estimated number of sharks of all species killed around the world every day for their fins.

© Chris Jordan

Tuna, 2009
Depicts 20,500 tuna, the average number of tuna fished from the world's oceans every fifteen minutes

© Chris Jordan

Don't forget to visit Chris Jordan's website to see all his amazing creations. It's also possible to buy one signed copy of his book "Running the numbers - an American self portrait". I did it.


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