Posted by: Chris Sandel | March 3, 2008

Amazing Art

My mom sent me this link a while back.  There are some large images and sometimes the site has some issues but I was finally able to see the Running The Numbers exhibit at the site today and it really is pretty amazing.  The idea is to give a more visual representation of some of the statistics that we hear so often and just dismiss.  There are a lot of cool pieces but this was one of my favorites.  This one “depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.”  The first image is a shot of the whole piece (it is pretty big at 60″x 120″) and the ones below are to help get a closer view.  Be sure to check out some of the others on the site.  I like the concept of the one using Barbies to depict the 32,000 breast augmentations done in the U.S. every month but I didn’t want anyone visiting my site to be greeted by a large abstract image of breasts.  The 426,000 cell phones that are retired every day in the U.S. and the 15 million sheets of paper used every 5 minutes in the U.S. were also pretty amazing. 

There are also a few involving teens and children (9 million wooden blocks depict the children in the U.S. without health insurance and 65,000 cigarettes illustrate how many kids under 18 become addicted to smoking every month).



  1. oh my gosh…

    this is amazing… I want to meet this guy! What a fun job!

  2. I think I have a 4 way tie for favorite:

    barbie representation…

    surrat remake with aluminum cans…

    alphabet blocks made from alphabet blocks…

    vicodin vortex…

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