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Intolerable Beauty: Chris Jordan

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Art Speaks

Artist and photographer Chris Jordan captures American consumption in powerful, haunting works of art.

The long range shots of the art look like one image, then we get the close-ups, and see that these were composed of thousands and thousands of ... soda cans or prison outfits or plastic bags or toothpicks!

The statistics that accompany the works are mind boggling:

- 60,000 plastic bags are used in the US every 5 seconds
- 2 million beverage bottles are used every 5 minutes
- 426,000 cell phones are retired in the US every day

"The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful. For me, it's consistent feature is a staggering complexity." says the artist.

-- Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Eye Candy Custom Montages, and the music is Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma, titled Duet For Cello and Bass (Appalacian Journey, 2000)