Art has the potential to catalyze, educate and inspire. At this year's SXSW Eco art is taking center stage through speakers such as Shepard Fairey and Mary Miss, Place by Design and the Wednesday field trip to see public art in Austin. Now we're pleased to announce we're also bringing art into the Austin Convention Center through a stunning and impactful piece by legendary environmental artist Chris Jordan.
Chris's piece titled "Cigarette Butts" is part of his series Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait which examines American waste and consumption through large-scale mixed-media works. In "Cigarette Butts," takes the amount of cigarettes smoked and discarded in America every 15 seconds (!) and creates a striking landscape, calling attention to the fact that this ubiquitous litter degrades our land, beaches and waterways. Legacy, a national public health non-profit dedicated to reducing tobacco use in the U.S., has teamed up with Chris Jordan to increase awareness of this massive issue created by cigarette litter.
Be sure to check out this incredible work of art on display in the Austin Convention Center throughout all of SXSW Eco, located right outside the Exhibition from Monday, October 7 – Wednesday, October 9.
Image courtesy of Chris Jordan