What do 426,000 cellphones look like?

Chris Jordan thinks a lot about statistics. Things like the number of sodas consumed in 30 seconds, how many commercial flights are in American skies every eight hours — things like that. But he's done more than just think. Taking 26 interesting facts about U.S. consumption, he fired up Photoshop and created visual depictions of each one. The one above is a close-up of his rendering of the number of cellphones retired in the U.S. in a single day: 426,000.

The project is sobering: take a look at his depiction of how much office paper is used in five minutes and try not to think about how it's a miracle we still have forests. Hit the jump for five selections from his gallery and a link to the page with all 26.





Picture 1: Depicts 29,569 handguns, equal to the number of gun-related deaths in the US in 2004.
Picture 2: Depicts 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river).
Picture 3: Depicts 320,000 light bulbs, equal to the number of kilowatt hours of electricity wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage (inefficient wiring, computers in sleep mode, etc.).
Picture 4: Depicts 170,000 disposable Energizer batteries, equal to fifteen minutes of Energizer battery production.
Picture 5: Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.
(Each picture is a close-up of the larger work. Follow the link below for the full renderings.)

Via Chris Jordan