Statistical Art : Art That Forces You To Think


Artist Chris Jordan creates artwork that uses statistics as a major part of it. Each image represents something in the world that we all should take note of. The photographs are beautiful and the statistics are fascinating. He hopes these images will make you think about how much we waste every day.


Barbie Dolls, 2008

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


From Chris Jordan's site, "This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming."


Plastic Bottles, 2007

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


"My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month."


Cell Phones, 2007

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


Cans Seurat, 2007

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


Paper Bags, 2007

Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.


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.


Plastic Cups, 2008

Depicts one million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours.


Prison Uniforms, 2007

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


Do you think he is getting his message across? I definitely agree that seeing images depicting these statistics are way better than looking at a bunch of numbers. I'll just have to make sure I don't become one of the prison statistics. It's gonna be hard though, I like getting in trouble.


Many thanks to Chris Jordan. You can view more of his awesome artwork at



May 30, 2008
by Anonymous


I like cans seurat and barbie dolls best I think.

Jan 7, 2009
by Anonymous

did he participate on that

did he participate on that documental where all the stadistics of life were represented with the real things ?
uhmmm maybe cause its so similar to this

Jan 7, 2009
by Anonymous

i saw his art work @ some

i saw his art work @ some Forum of Cultures in Monterrey .Mexico