Our cropped mosaic up there doesn't do Chris Jordan's Running the Numbers imagery (large-scale prints tiled from thousands of smaller photographs) much justice--they're way more stunning on the site. Actually, nix that--the artist sez: "My only caveat about this series is that the prints must be seen in person to be experienced the way they are intended. As with any large artwork, their scale carries a vital part of their substance which is lost in these little web images." The web images are impressive as is, but Jordan hopes to spark viewers' interests with the site in hopes that they'll check out the massive originals should an exhibit roll through their neck of the woods. More on the art:
This new series 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... Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 426,000 cell phones retired every day.
via design observer