Friday, May 29, 2009

Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption

Chris Jordan is an American artist who has created a unique form of art that uses photographs to produce large scale works that help put our impact on the earth into perspective.

The image below is made of "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 artist statement, Jordan wrote,
The pervasiveness of our consumerism holds a seductive kind of mob mentality. Collectively we are committing a vast and unsustainable act of taking, but we each are anonymous and no one is in charge or accountable for the consequences. I fear that in this process we are doing irreparable harm to our planet and to our individual spirits.
He has a passion for conservation and awareness that we surely all possess. Enjoy.

Chris Jordan Photography

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