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Chris Jordan, Gyre – woodblock prints out of trash

Artist Chris Jordan built this amazing 8′ x 11′ reproduction of Hokusai’s famous woodblock print, the Great Wave made entirely from just plastic trash collected from the Pacific Ocean. This is part of his series “Running the Numbers II: Portraits of global mass culture” that focuses our attention on the mass consumerist culture on a global scale.

There is no Mount Everest of waste that we can make a pilgrimage to and behold the sobering aggregate of our discarded stuff, seeing and feeling it viscerally with our senses.

Installations like this is a good start at spreading that awareness and consciousness on a real tangible level.