At first glance, you'd just think this was some kind of copy of Georges-Pierre Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Which indeed it is, albeit one made up of the number of aluminium cans that the US consumes every 30 seconds.
Just one of the remarkable series of large-scale photographic prints from the series Running the Numbers from American photographer Chris Jordan. A self-initiated project that visually examines the vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs.
Chris explains that his only caveat about this series is that the prints must be seen in person to be experienced the way they are intended. As with any large artwork, their scale carries a vital part of their substance which is lost in these little web images. Hopefully the JPEGs displayed here might be enough to arouse your curiosity to attend an exhibition, or to arrange one if you are in a position to do so. The series is still in its early stages, and new images will be posted as they are completed, so please stay tuned.
You can see the series here.