Friday, July 23, 2010

Chris Jordan and E Pluribus Unum

You may remember a previous post on the incredible work Chris Jordan did in the Midway Atoll. Well, he has created another piece which is truly inspired. It is called E Pluribus Unum and it...
"Depicts the names of one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture. The actual number of such organizations is unknown, but estimates range between one and two million, and growing."

You need to visit his site to actually experience the work.

There is a really great interview with Chris on Yes! titled Bearing Witness: Chris Jordan on Art, Grief and Transformation.

an interesting excerpt...
"feeling is the kingdom of art. I've gotten to meet lots of scientists who are uniformly wringing their hands in frustration at their inability to convey to the public any sense of the extreme urgency they feel about the issues that they're studying. The underlying phenomena are profoundly important, and yet the information we're receiving is fundamentally dry and incomprehensible. Art can act as a mediator between science and the public, translating what science can tell us into a visual language that we can understand, that allows for personal connection and feeling."

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