Plastic Bottles, 2007 by Chris Jordan.
Detailer shot, actual size of installation photo.
This is a picture of two million plastic bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.
His website has more in this series. Want to see what the amount of money the US government spends in Iraq every hour ($12.5 million) looks like? It’s on there. Along with 2.3 million prison jumpsuits for the number of incarcerated Americans in 2005, the 60,000 plastic bags used every 5 seconds in the US, and 65,000 cigarettes representing the teenagers under 18 in America who become addicted to cigarettes each month.
In the intro to this amazing series he makes the viewer promise to go see his installations in real life if given the chance. We just missed the prison jumpsuit exhibit at the Von Lintel gallery in Manhattan, but I’m keeping my eye out for more chances to see this. When you look at his website it is clear that the scale of these pieces is HUGE and it makes sense that it would be hard to find the space in NY to actually show these pieces.
I couldn’t find my reusable water bottle-type thing today and I bought some Poland Spring. I feel guilty now.