30 Incredible Things Actually Made Of Money
This week, I thought I’d have a bit of fun with my post and try write about something that is currency based but not forex related. So I came up with the idea of finding as many amazing things made of money as I possibly can. This post could have been double what it is now, but to save your eyes going square, I trimmed it down to 30!
In the midst of an economic crisis, people are generally very careful with their cash. Most become very protective and conservative with their spending and their money. There are a select few however, that have much grander ideas. For these few, money is art. It is a building block, an idea, a bonding agent or a fabric. In some instances, the message and the symbolism of the artists message adds value to the money beyond the justification of the currency alone. This set of examples shows off a large range of ideas that have been made out of money. This set of examples range from grand designs and works of art, to quirky ideas and experiments.
1) The Billion Euro Home
In the words of Irish Artist Frank Buckley, "Whatever you say about the euro, it's a great insulator." Frank is the builder and resident of ‘The Billion Euro Home’ a project he took on board as an unemployed artist. Frank turned just over 1.4 billion Euros into this home, which he claims is so warm he sleeps without a blanket. Even the wall pictures and decorations are made out of shredded Euros and coins. Innovation at its finest.
2) Made Of Money
Like most people you’re probably not made of money. Well, this guy is. Or at least his persona is in this clever set of adverts in the USA. The character is symbolic of the fact that most people are not in a position to simply throw money away but some end up doing it unknowingly.
This collection created by an anonymous artist and posted on the Close The World Flikr photostream, illustrates a large set of origami made from currency, dubbed moneygami.
4) One Dollar Koi by Won Park
Sticking to the theme of origami, there must be mention of Japanese artist Won Park, known for using the U.S. dollar bill to create his collection of designs. Wons’ blog “Have Paper, Will Travel” is full of video and image tutorials that he kindly provides to share in the trade secrets.”
5) Formula 1 Car by Won Park
Park also created this formula 1 car using the same unbroken folding technique showcased above. His works include a wide variety of ideas, from nature to science fiction, having included a set of star trek spaceships into his collection.
6) Money Boat by Qinyi “Raymond” Yu
Raymond Yu reportedly used over 20,000 modular units to create the structure of this 3’-long x 4’-tall boat, which took approximately six months to complete. The boat is proudly on display at Yu’s Mandarin Island Chinese Restaurant in Mission Hill, California.
7) Absolute Power by Justine Smith
London-based artist Justine Smith built this 7.5" x 5" x 1.5" handgun sculpture out of U.S. dollar bills and plastic in 2005. It is part of a collection of works in the form of ‘weapons’ that are created from a selection of currencies. In a short biography from her website, Justine is “interested in money as a conduit of power and also in the value systems with which we surround it.”
8) Washington by Justine Smith
Smith has several collections from animals to seasons, from flowers to signs. This 3.5" x 15" x 9" model of a dog was created using multiple U.S. dollars along with resin and leather.
Money and politics often go hand in hand, and it is no surprise that some of the art and designs created from money are themed around political ideas or persons. The following three designs are examples of exactly this, with particular attention paid to Obama and McCain.
9) Obama vs. McCain - Theodore Stanke
Stanke created this mosaic from sliced up coins in the month leading up to the presidential election. Stanke states on his site that “With only a few days to go before the election, I find myself in a scramble to promote my new work, which metaphorically describes the candidates in terms of their funding and voter bases.” The piece took 10 days to create, starting as a sketch of a google image and is currently on display indefinitely along with his second coin piece called ‘Wall Street’ at Bunga’s Den in Manhattan.
10) Obama Vs Romney – Mark Wagner
Wagner is another artist combining currency and politics. Paying particular interest in the creation of currency collages, this piece was created preceding the presidential elections in 2012. Prior to this piece, Wagner has been famed for creating a broom with hundreds of bristles formed from cut up dollar bills.
11) Obama Coin Collage - Evan Wondolowsku
Another fan of the currency collage is Evan Wondolowsku. This collage of Obama was created with United States Lincoln head pennies and the background with steel wartime pennies. This is the only piece by Wondolowsku to date that has been created from coins.
12) The Craftsmen Series by Stacey Lee Webber
Webber is an American artist from Indianapolis, and comes from a lineage of industrious family. The material of choice in many of her collections of work is the penny. The craftsman series and the additional silver collection display a series of tools constructed out of pre-1992 copper pennies, the latter from silver mercury dimes cut and soldered to create 3-D replicas of existing hand tools. The collection ranges from hand tools, to ladders, plumb bobs, tape measures and clamps.
13) QR Code Of Coins - Nava Whiteford
A novel take on modern coding, Whiteford explains “I’ve been inspired by the QR codes made of cookies, paint tins etc. and decided to make a QR code from money It scans pretty well with the QR code reader on my iPhone.” This piece is not only an artistic representation of existing technology but therefore also replicates the function.
14) Cut and Paste of money - Rodrigo Torres
Torres was nominated for a PIPA prize in both 2011 and 2012 and works with many artistic materials and mediums. In this set of currency pieces he has set about collaging bills together to make multi-layered scenes. Torres often uses currencies from different nations to bring together a visual representation of something entirely new and unique.
15) Map of 3000 Coins – Perniclas Bedow
Behold the map of Perniclas Bedow creator of a world of copper, gold and silver coins. The piece is a world map made out of over 3,000 coins from around the world. It may not be as valuable as the Peri Reis map but it is unique and remarkably, each continent was built using its own currency. The project was arranged in 2009 for use by Erik Penser Bankaktiebolag, a Swedish bank.
16) Raining Dollar Bills – The No Name Pub
The No Name Pub in Key West Florida, where you leave a decorated dollar bill behind if you like. The walls and ceilings are literally covered in thousands of dollar bills, autographed or personalised by those that leave them behind. Not just dollars but various currencies have been left by travellers from all over.
17) One Dollar Coffee Shop
In a similar theme to the above, is the One Dollar Coffee Shop of unknown location. This particular set is quite remarkable, to see how un-phased the customers are to be surrounded by the volume of cash.
18) Dollar Bill Jewellery – Lauren Vanessa Tickle
Designer Lauren Vanessa Tickle’s clever Dollar Bill Necklace is noted as a piece of statement jewellery that transforms hard-earned cash into an elegant and innovative display of riches. The necklaces are part of a larger series dubbed “Value Exploration,” in which the designer explores the concept of wealth, value and raw material.
19) Bosang Umbrella Festival – Money Mannequin
This particular “model” was made by a group of school children in Chiang Mai and was seen at the Bosang Umbrella Festival, 2011.
20) $100,000.00 Wall – Guggenheim Museum, Hans Peter Feldman
As part of an exhibition in 2011, Hans-Peter Feldmann created an artistic piece by hanging $100,000 in Dollar Bills on the Walls of the Guggenheim Museum.
Feldmann was named the winner of the eighth Biennal Hugo Boss Prize, for significant achievement in contemporary art, in which he was presented with an honorarium of $100,000. In what was quite a unique and remarkable gesture Feldmann proposed the idea of creating a piece of art that would involve fixing the $100,000 to the walls of the Guggenheim Museum in the form of 100,000 $1 bills.
The piece took roughly 13 days to pin to the walls, using out-of-circulation bills which were slightly overlapped to condense the surface area required.
21) Buddah - Federico Uribe
This piece by Uribe, named Buddah and created in 2009, is a spherical array of pennies doing what appears to be a remarkable impression of the death star. In Uribe’s own definition the hole is there to give the impression of a ‘divine naval’.
22) Notorious B.I.G - Evan Wondolowsku
We looked at the work of Wondolowsku earlier with his coin collage of Obama. However, while Obama was his only creation made from coins, he is also responsible for a collection of collages of other public faces and celebrities made with shredded Federal Reserve Notes on newspaper. Biggie Smalls here is one of these creations.
23) 36 Squares of Cash – Ray Beldner
Beldner created this piece as a reinterpretation of Carl Andre's 36 Pieces of Zinc from 1967. For the materials, Beldner used U.S. currency, cork and wood squares
24) Steakhouse Waiters - Ken Solomon
This piece was made in 2006 using tip money. Both the above pieces were on display at the Schroeder Romero summer show, "Money Changes Everything", featuring works on and of paper - of legal tender, most of which was from the USA.
25) Currency Ink Dust / Robin Clark
This interesting design was created by Clark using currency ink dust from erased currency
26) Bountiful Baskets – Jed Ela
Jed Ela, another exhibitor at the ‘money changes everything’ event mentioned above, skilfully weaves together one-dollar bills into sculptures of baskets, ladders and other everyday objects. He then respectfully offers these objects for sale at the value of the amount of money used in each piece under the condition that buyers agree never to resell them for profit or at a greater value.
27) Jewel of the Nickel
This example of currency turned to jewellery illustrates a watch made from a Buffalo nickel coin. The below picture sticks to this theme showing a variety of rings created from a wide range of coins. Jewellery is indeed a popular theme in the reutilisation of old currency.
28) Noblesse Oblige - Scott Campbell
Noblesse Oblige was an exhibition by Scott Campbell, which was displayed as the opening event for the OHWOW gallery in Los Angeles. In this particular piece currency was his main material of choice. As one journalist fan puts it “His works combine the morbid tattoo iconography with delicate elements like ostrich eggshells or fine sheets of dollars, taken directly from the United States Mint.”
This piece features $11,000 worth of currency but the value of the piece grew to $50,000. A piece of work worth more than the money it’s printed on.
29) Kurrency - Stuart Karten Design
Kurrency is a conceptual line of chandeliers from Stuart Karten Design. The company behind the concept suggest that you should keep your dollars in plain sight hanging from this light structure as an alternative to entrusting them with your bank.
In the press release for the range, Karten is quoted as saying, “In today’s economy, there is perhaps nothing so beautiful as cold hard cash.”
30) Money Dress - by Dave Cole
This dress of 1,000 unused dollar bills, created by David Cole was displayed in the 2007 Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting exhibit at New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design.
Hope you enjoyed my long list of things made out of money. Something a bit different to Forex, but still currency related. ;-)
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