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Numbers and figures

From SEED Magazine, a profile of artist Chris Jordan (whose photography about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch I posted on Monday, and whose work I mentioned a year ago), and his more usual forte of “clever visualizations made of individual objects or groups of objects that he photographs.”

The 106,000 aluminum cans consumed in the US every 30 seconds, for instance, become the individual dots of Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. “There’s a disconnect that happens when we assume we know what we’re talking about when we talk about hundreds of millions of plastic bottles,” Jordan says. “I’m trying to translate these numbers from the deadening language of statistics into a visual language that allows some kind of comprehension.”

Gyre, Chris Jordan, 2009. Based on the famous Japanese painting, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.