That used to be a huge number.
But it's only a hundred billion.
It's less than the national deficit!
We used to call them astronomical numbers.
Now we should call them economical numbers.
It's so easy to become desensitised from the numbers and statistics that we're bombared with on a daily basis, which is why I find the work of Chris Jordan so compelling and incredibly powerful.
He quantifies crucial statistics in a way that makes them understandable; he translates often shocking numbers into images of confronting beauty. In his first Running the Numbers series, he creates a self-portrait of American culture that is both profound and disturbing.
10x23 feet in six vertical panels
Depicts 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005. The U.S. has the largest prison population of any country in the world.
8.5 feet wide by 10.5 feet tall in three horizontal panels