. .. This is fantastic and alarming all at once.

Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait by Chris Jordan

A visual examination of the vast and bizarre measures of our society.

Artist Chris Jordan intricately assembles from thousands of smaller

photographs an expose of the society that we have become.

picture-22Toothpicks, 2008

Depicts one hundred million toothpicks, equal to the number of

trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail.

picture-171Plastic Cups, 2008

Depicts one million plastic cups, the number used on airline

flights in the U.S. every six hours

picture-181Detail of actual print size:

picture-81Handguns, 2007

Depicts 29,569 handguns, equal to the number of gun-related

deaths in the U.S. in 2004

picture-91Detail at actual size

Click here to check out more of Chris Jordan’s project

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