Apr 3 2008Running The Numbers Art Exhibit Is Staggering


I know what you're thinking -- the Geekologie writer has lost it and is posting fuzzy pictures of a scrambled skin-flick on Cinemax. Well, you're wrong. What you're actually seeing is a picture of two million plastic beverage bottles -- the amount used in the United States every five minutes. It's a piece in an exhibit entitled Running The Numbers, by artist Christ Jordan. That particular piece is actually 60" x 120", and there is a partial zoom and close-up after the jump, along with two others - plastic bags and cell phones. Check them out, and definitely hit the link to his gallery for a whole bunch more. They're definitely all worth seeing. And while you may argue with the statistics Chris used, I think we can agree that it would be fun as hell to dive into all those plastic bottles.

Kidding, these pictures are disturbing. If you need me I'll be hiding in the closet weeping into my blanky for the rest of the day.

Two more and a link to the very worthwhile gallery after the jump.



60,000 plastic bags, the amount used in the US every five seconds




426,000 cell phones, the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.




Chris Jordan's Running The Numbers

Thanks to Rob, a man who 10,000 beautiful women throw themselves at every 15 minutes, for the tip

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Hey, i have that cell phone! why are they all the same???

Why do I have the feeling that some of these numbers are exaggerated?

Even if the numbers have been exaggerated, even doubled, they are staggering. Let's use the plastic bags and bottles to contain cow farts.

Er, *still* staggering, that is.

wow, 426,000 cell phones every day. considering that the US population is 303,770,000 (give or take a few thousand), that means every single person in the US (from newborn to geriatric) has a cell phone, and gets rid of it every two years (when they can get a new one for free by renewing their contract).

granted, some people go through cells faster than others. and some are even forced into having a 2nd cell by their employer. but then again, not many 5 year olds (or 80 yr olds for that matter) have cell phone.

yeah, maybe just a bit exaggerated.


Step 1 - Find a volcano
Step 2 - Throw trash in volcano
Step 3 - Make more trash
Step 4 - Repeat process

Is the point of these images is to get everyone to stop throwing this away, they're losing it due to the sheer beauty of them. Maybe I should waste more so that I can see more art.

*single tear*

(plus, I'm an Indian).

Oops- *If*, not "Is".

these pictures are in recent a music video. i forget which one, though. radiohead or moby or something similar.

If you stare real hard at the picture you can see a 3D dinosaur pop out at you.....

@7 Have you seen an angry volcano god... srsly. Don't mess.

Wow! If I were a postal worker I could make a fortune in Michigan! Of course I'd have to wait for mothers day, but the numbers work by golly!

#7: If you're serious, you're stupid. Recycling costs way less than doing it in your 4-step method; way less. If you're not serious, then carry on.

This is really, really old.

#15: Do your costs include the subsidies we pay to keep recycling afloat?

Here is a key note lecture this guy gave as well. Pretty interesting.


scary stuff!

Bull. These numbers havent even been exaggerated.... theyve just been plain made up.
Oh, and whoever photoshopped those pics, I will fight you.

Anyone thinking that numbers are exaggerated is a problem and not part of the solution. Make a trip to your local land-fill and perhaps what will come to your mind is how you, yourself can help stop this problem rather than defend the amount of waste we as a nation produce daily. We are approx. 18% of the worlds problem : Denial will do nothing but if you accept the problem and just do something -- recycle, turn off your lights when not in the room, use energy saving products, and treat the earth as if it were your back yard because it is.

Because Americans eat a diet heavy in beef and other animal products, U.S. per capita grain consumption is four times higher than that of developing countries.(6)

Americans constitute five percent of the world's population but consume 25 percent of the world's energy.

On average, one American consumes as much energy as 2 Japanese, 6 Mexicans, 13 Chinese, 31 Indians, 128 Bangladeshis, 307 Tanzanians, or 370 Ethiopians.(7)
The United States is responsible for 22 percent of the world's industrial carbon dioxide emissions, a leading cause of global warming.(8)
In the last 200 years, the United States has lost 50 percent of its wetlands, 90 percent of its northwestern old-growth forests, and 99 percent of its tall grass prairie.(9)
Every day, an estimated nine square miles of U.S. rural land is lost to development.(10)

It's your backyard !

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Oopsy, I guess I'm part of the problem.

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