72 x 96 inches
Depicts 320,000 light bulbs, equal to the number of kilowatt hours of electricity wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage (inefficient wiring, computers in sleep mode, etc.).
60 x 80 inches
Depicts 166,000 packing peanuts, equal to the number of overnight packages shipped by air in the U.S. every hour.
Chris Jordan Photographic Arts
6711 10th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
This installation is part of our TED Inspired Art Exhibits celebrating the TED Conference that takes place in Long Beach each year. TED.com
Current and upcoming shows:
2010 UPCOMING: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, UC Santa Cruz, CA "Running the Numbers: Portraits of Mass Consumption" (June 8 - December 12) (traveling exhibition)
2010 UPCOMING: Austin Museum of Art, Austin TX "Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers" (May 22 - Aug. 15) (traveling exhibition)
2010 CURRENTLY SHOWING: Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA "Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers" (Jan. 22 - March 5) (traveling exhibition)
Statement taken from the Artists Website:
Exploring around our country’s shipping ports and industrial yards, where the accumulated detritus of our consumption is exposed to view like eroded layers in the Grand Canyon, I find evidence of a slow-motion apocalypse in progress. I am appalled by these scenes, and yet also drawn into them with awe and fascination. The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity.
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.
As an American consumer myself, I am in no position to finger wag; but I do know that when we reflect on a difficult question in the absence of an answer, our attention can turn inward, and in that space may exist the possibility of some evolution of thought or action. So my hope is that these photographs can serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry. It may not be the most comfortable terrain, but I have heard it said that in risking self-awareness, at least we know that we are awake.
Special Thank you to The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, The Downtown Long Beach Associates, and Paul Kopeikin.