Previous Next
Close

Communicating scale

February 7, 2009

Some of biggest problems are tough to comprehend, if we can’t understand them then how can we be expect to play a role and do our part?

The Environment

Lots of jargon and difficult theories to understand, but hardest of all is to comprehend the issue on a human scale. In Bristol this week, artist Chris Bodie with his Watermarks Project, shows us where the sea level will be on buildings if various events happen, such as the melting of the Greenland ice cap, shown below.

Watermarks Project


Thanks to BLDG BLOG

A Trillion

Here CNN tries to explain what a trillion is and ends up looking like a skit from The Daily Show.

Big challenges and issues are hard to communicate, but it appears artists, rather than journalists are the guys who can really do it. They seem to be able to think of ways to put human beings in the picture and give us a sense of scale.

Chris Jordan is an example of an artist who does this really well.

Posted by Ed Cotton

Related Articles

Jr- street art meets photography on a massive scale
Back in October 2008 we wrote about JR. Now he's...
The challenges of scale- facebook
Big is good. It shows scale, popularity and for...

Tags

art
bristol
climatechange
cnn
environment
globalwarming
greenland
scale
trillion
watermarks