Running the Numbers

Created by Chris Jordan, Running the Numbers is a collections of art pieces that depict how Americans create, consume, and interact with the world around them.

Denali Denial, 2006

Depicts 24,000 logos from the GMC Yukon Denali, equal to six weeks of sales of that model SUV in 2004.

Jet Trails, 2007

Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.

Cell Phones, 2007

Depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.

Handguns, 2007

Depicts 29,569 handguns, equal to the number of gun-related deaths in the US in 2004.

Plastic Bags, 2007

Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.

Prison Uniforms, 2007

Depicts 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005.

Cans Seurat, 2007

Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.

Ben Franklin, 2007

Depicts 125,000 one-hundred dollar bills ($12.5 million), the amount our government spent every hour on the war in Iraq in 2007.

Shipping Containers, 2007

Depicts 38,000 shipping containers, the number of containers processed through American ports every twelve hours.

Barbie Dolls, 2008

Depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006.

Plastic Bottles, 2007

Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.

Cigarettes, 2007

Depicts 65,000 cigarettes, equal to the number of American teenagers under age eighteen who become addicted to cigarettes every month.

Credit: Chris Jordan