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14 artists with a green message

By: Laura Moss on Aug. 15, 2011, 1:05 p.m.
Chris Jordan's Running the Numbers Plastic Cups

Photo: Chris Jordan

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Chris Jordan

Photographic artist Chris Jordan takes pictures of ordinary objects like bottle caps, light bulbs and aluminum cans and turns them into art by digitally rearranging them to construct one central image. However, it’s the tiny pieces that create the artwork that make Jordan's pieces so shocking and drive home their environmental message. For example, his 2008 work "Plastic Cups" (at left) depicts 1 million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the U.S. every six hours.

Jordan recently described his work this way: "Seen from a distance, the images are like something else, maybe totally boring pieces of modern art. On closer view, the visitor has an almost unpleasant experience with the artwork. It’s almost a magic trick; inviting people to a conversation that they didn’t want to have in the first place."

Take a closer look at "Plastic Cups."