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.
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.
Jordan recreates Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” portraying 240,000 plastic bags, equal to the estimated number of plastic bags consumed around the world every 10 seconds.
Based on the famous Japanese woodblock print, Jordan’s “Gyre” is actually made using plastic litter collected from the Pacific Ocean. The piece shows 2.4 million pieces of plastic, which represents the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enters the world’s oceans every hour.