Titled “Out of Many, One” (the translation of E Pluribus Unum) the portrait was rendered using high accuracy satellite topography technology which positioned 10,000 wooden pegs that draw out the piece. It is a composite portrait of anonymous young men from different ethnic backgrounds that he met and photographed while walking on the National Mall. Visitors can experience the facescape by walking through it, from the top of the Washington Monument, while flying into and out of Washington, DC, or via images taken by satellite.
The installation began in early September and was inaugurated on October 1, 2014. In its entirety, Jorge’s latest work was made possible by donors and in-kind donations. Since “Out of Many, One” is made purely of organic materials, it will be tilled back into the soil at the end of October fulfilling Jorge’s prerequisite that his work have no environmental impact.