Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait
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Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait
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An incredible project by Chris Jordan.If you have problems with understanding large numbers, then just see the photos and you will get the idea.

Dog and Cat Collars, 2009

Depicts ten thousand dog and cat collars, equal to the average number of unwanted dogs and cats euthanized in the United States every day.
Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait


Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitPacking Peanuts, 2009

Depicts 166,000 packing peanuts, equal to the number of overnight packages shipped by air in the U.S. every hour.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitOil Barrels, 2008

Depicts 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river).Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitLight Bulbs, 2008

Depicts 320,000 light bulbs, equal to the number of kilowatt hours of electricity wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage (inefficient wiring, computers in sleep mode, etc.)Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitToothpicks, 2008

Depicts one hundred million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitPlastic Cups, 2008

Depicts one million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitBarbie Dolls, 2008

Depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitPlastic Bottles, 2007

Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitSkull With Cigarette, 2007 [based on a painting by Van Gogh

Depicts 200,000 packs of cigarettes, equal to the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitJet Trails, 2007

Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitPrison Uniforms, 2007

Depicts 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005. The U.S. has the largest prison population of any country in the world.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitCell Phones, 2007

Depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitPaper Bags, 2007

Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitCans Seurat, 2007

Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitDenali Denial, 2006

Depicts 24,000 logos from the GMC Yukon Denali, equal to six weeks of sales of that model SUV in 2004.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitPaper Cups, 2008

Depicts 410,000 paper cups, equal to the number of disposable hot-beverage paper cups used in the US every fifteen minutes.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitPain Killers, 2007

Depicts 213,000 Vicodin pills, equal to the number of emergency room visits yearly in the US related to misuse or abuse of prescription pain killers.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitHandguns, 2007

Depicts 29,569 handguns, equal to the number of gun-related deaths in the US in 2004.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitBen Franklin, 2007

Depicts 125,000 one-hundred dollar bills ($12.5 million), the amount our government spends every hour on the war in Iraq.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitPlastic Bags, 2007

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

Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitCigarettes, 2007

Depicts 65,000 cigarettes, equal to the number of American teenagers under age eighteen who become addicted to cigarettes every month.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitBuilding Blocks, 2007

Depicts nine million wooden ABC blocks, equal to the number of American children with no health insurance coverage in 2007.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitOffice Paper, 2007

Depicts 30,000 reams of office paper, or 15 million sheets, equal to the amount of office paper used in the US every five minutes.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitValve Caps, 2006

Depicts 3.6 million tire valve caps, one for each new SUV sold in the US in 2004.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitEnergizer, 2007

Depicts 170,000 disposable Energizer batteries, equal to fifteen minutes of Energizer battery production.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self Portrait

If 170,000 batteries were depicted at their real size, the print would need to be 26×43 feet, as shown here. To depict one year of Energizer disposable battery production (six billion batteries) would

require a print 26 feet high by 146 miles long.

Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitShipping Containers, 2007

Depicts 38,000 shipping containers, the number of containers processed through American ports every twelve hours.Running the Numbers: An American Self PortraitRunning the Numbers: An American Self PortraitSource