Gallery: Chris Jordan’s Wave Illustrates Ocean Garbage


Photographic artist Chris Jordan never ceases to amaze us with his clever pieces that allow people to “see” concepts that are often difficult to visualize. We submit for your viewing pleasure, his latest work, Gyre. Look familiar? The 8′ x 11′ triptych is based on the famous Japanese painting, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai. Instead of paint, the colors are composed of 2.4 million pieces of plastic – the estimated number of pounds of plastic that enter the world’s ocean’s every hour! Gyre is the first image in a mini-series that Jordan is creating about the Pacific Garbage Patch, and is named after the Pacific Gyre, a thousand miles wide ocean current which turns clockwise like a giant slow-motion whirlpool and concentrates tons of the world’s trash.

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  1. SnapDragon August 30, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    WOW! AMAZING! On so many different levels.

  2. SnapDragon August 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    WOW! I’m speechless. The whole thing is just amazing on so many different levels.

  3. njgranny August 27, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Can we get prints?

  4. Jeremy April 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Thoughtful and striking as always. I’d love to see one of his photos at full size one of these days, should he ever exhibit in the UK.

  5. kapauldo April 19, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    (linkback) Wow! or Meh? Chris Jordan’s Wave Illustrates Ocean Garbage [VOTE] –

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