Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Plastics and Art History

Artist  Chris Jordan Revisits Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa  in his series, Running the Numbers, where he uses data about various global phenomena to generate images from art history. Adding new meaning to the phrase “pictures of the floating world,” Jordan transforms ”2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world’s oceans every hour” into the form of The Great Wave. Go to his website and click on the image, the zoom effect is reminiscent of the the Eames’ Powers of Ten video and helps to put the sheer quantity of trash into perspective. He has also done a number of other works of Art Historical reference out of everything from plastic bags to to agricultural seeds, make sure to check him out. 

(via Printeresting)

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