How many things does London have?

5 Sep

If the average European has 10.000 things (see here) and Greater London has 7,825 million people (estimates for mid-2010) then London has 78,25 billion things (and it has lots of numbers: 78.250.200.000). Quite a lot of those have been gathered together in art installations by Scottish artist David Mach. At least that’s what the installation gallery looks like. It’s the sheer mass of stuff that is impressive.

Its one thing to think of how much stuff one person has, and even to aim to make do with less, as here. But it’s quite another to think of scaling that up for a village, a town or a megacity. Luckily we have a whole host of artists working with accumulations, bulk, stockpiling, conglomerations and amassings, such as Chris Jordan whom we mentioned here. His artworks Running the Numbers I and II use images to portray statistics, for America and for the world, respectively. To the North there’s Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and his works, e.g. the Urban Mines series. Then there’s salt installation artist Motoi  Yamamoto, and, of course, Song Dong, who is at this year’s dOCUMENTA (d13), to mention a couple.

I wonder if any of the magazines used below were ever read or even opened?

C_David_Mach

C_David_Mach(found David Mach via colossal)

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