Chris Jordan’s interpretation of American mass-consumption

Chris Jordan - Skull with Cigarette

Chris Jordan, a Seattle-based artist, has some amazing photography and digital artwork at his website. In his current series, "Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait," Jordan takes statistics from American culture (energy usage, the environment, consumerism) and digitally parlays those stats into thought-provoking (that term's often overused, but in this case it's appropriate) works of art. The image at left is composed of 200,000 packs of cigarettes, the same number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months.

Check it out — you probably won't believe what you see.