Environmental Art by Chris Jordan

Seattle-based artist Chris Jordan is best known for his large scale works depicting mass consumption and waste.

Venus 2011 – Depicts 240,000 plastic bags, equal to the estimated number of plastic bags consumed around the world every ten seconds

He’s been called “the ‘it’ artist of the green movement” for his ability to send clear messages about massive global matters through beautiful images.

Gyre II, 2011 – Depicts 50,000 cigarette lighters, equal to the estimated number of pieces of floating plastic in every square mile in the world’s oceans

The idea behind his work is to awaken people to the problems we are all responsible for by exemplifying the colossal nature of the issue.

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

In his series titled 'Running the Numbers II: Portraits of global mass culture', each large-scale work brings awareness to a pressing environmental issue that is a direct result of mass consumerism and waste.

Cans Seurat, 2007 – Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.

"I had photographed a pile of garbage and found it beautiful, because it was an exquisitely complex image with great colour. Then friends of mine who are active in consumerism commented on this aspect and this triggered further projects."

Ben Franklin, 2007 – Depicts 125,000 one-hundred dollar bills ($12.5 million), the amount our government spends every hour on the war in Iraq.

"Each piece takes me about a few weeks. There’s digital trickery involved in all my pieces; there has to be, otherwise one project would take me a year. Instead of tens of thousands of individual pieces I use just a few hundred, which will be photographed over and over, and the image is then constructed digitally."

All images are © Copyright of Chris Jordan

Source: environmentalgraffiti

Check his website: http://www.chrisjordan.com


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