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One Hundred Thousand

Loren Naji's avatar Loren Naji

"One-Hundred Thousand" conceptually embraces the ephemeral nature of technology while giving physicality to the abstract nature of vast numbers. The large tower is created specifically from obsolete materials, wood lath (used to hold plaster in turn of the century architecture) and paper phonebooks (which became extinct with the advent of the cell phone). Reaching nearly seven feet, the tall tower is made from exactly 100,000 strips of phonebook paper and 100 lath frames. Each frame holds 1000 individual strips of phonebook pages, which list approximately 130 names and phone numbers on each strip. Therefore, this sculpture contains contact information for 13,000,000 people. Diminutively displayed on the adjacent miniature pedestal, the tiny stack of SD cards is also a sculpture physically presenting a vast number. This one and one quarter inch stack of SD cards holds the contact information for 24,000,000,000 (10 SD cards) people. As of the last decade, 100,000 is no longer such a vast number. As technology hurls us forward, obsolescence becomes our landfills, which will consequently make Earth obsolete.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 16 inches
  • Medium: lath, 100,000 pieces of phone book pages
  • Width: 16 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 96 inches