Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This large scale mandala depicts the names of one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace....
[From: http://chrisjordan.com] This large scale mandala depicts the names of one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture. E. Pluribus Unum, 2009 This large scale mandala depicts the names of one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture. The actual number of such organizations is unknown, but Paul Hawken's "Blessed Unrest" project estimates the number at somewhere between one and two million, and growing. If the lines in this piece were straightened out, they would make an unbroken line of names, in a ten point font, twenty seven miles long. Many thanks to Paul Hawken, Craig S. Kaplan, and Robert Bosch for their collaboration in creating this piece. ~chris jordan The image is built from lines of text, made up of the names of the organizations described above. Standing up close, you can read these lines intersecting at different angles: ...and stepping a bit further back: Stepping even further away, a complex geometric pattern begins to emerge: Back further still, the names are not legible anymore-- but remember that's what all the lines are: From this distance the names are so small that the lines look solid: Now we’re standing about thirty feet back from the piece, and the panel you are looking at is the size of a movie screen: ...and back even further (we're almost there): The title, "E. Pluribus Unum," is Latin, and translates to “The Many Become One." The two figures are drawn in for a scale reference: This piece is available for temporary or permanent exhibition in two different forms: 1) An indoor wall hanging, printed on white cloth, sized 45x45 feet (13.7 meters by 13.7 meters)--almost five stories high. 2) A set of about 2000 laser etched metal tiles that can be installed on the ground, either indoors or outdoors. The diameter could be between 50 and 100 feet, depending on the font size used. Viewers could walk on the tiles and read the names, and ideally the installation would be done somewhere where the whole piece could be viewed from above also. I am hoping to exhibit this piece (either the wall hanging or the tiles) in a prominent public space such as Grand Central Station in NY, or somewhere in Washington D.C., or at a conference or summit of some kind, or perhaps internationally. If you have ideas or can help, please contact my studio. Thank you for visiting. ~cj
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