Chris Jordan does crazy-scale pieces of art that depict real life statistics. For example, he has a canvas depicting what looks like an intricate system of tubing, but then you look closer and realize that it’s actually 1 million plastic cups. That’s the number of plastic cups used and thrown out by the airline industry in the United States every 6 hours. That’s 4 million plastic cups a day!
I was going to try to edit this clip so it only addresses his waste related art, but who am I to tamper with a TED talk? (also, I ran out of time)
His general point is that we are all collectively contributing to things that we don’t think are a really big deal (what’s a plastic cup or two?), but when it is multiplied by everyone who is doing it, it actually turns out to be a pretty big deal. Anyway, he can explain it much more eloquently, so I’ll just let him take it away.
Check out Chris’ website for more. He has got a beautiful one on there that is made out of 2.4 million pieces of plastic collected from the Pacific Ocean. That’s equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world’s oceans every hour.
Puts it all in perspective eh?