This weekend marked the opening of the 54th annual Venice Biennale, featuring an immense international selection of art. Quickly shaping up to be a crowd favorite is this fully-functional Pipe-Organ ATM by the artist duo Allora & Calzadilla, that plays a unique melody with every dispensation of cash. Some theorize the melody increases in complexity and length depending on the size of the current patrons bank account, something denied by officials. With constant lines forming around the pavilion in which the ATM is housed its currently experiencing withdrawals at four times the rate of an average ATM in Italy. If I withdrew money from it I’m pretty sure it would play either a single note or a sad trombone sound. Photo courtesy thefuturistics. (via art ruby)
Last November German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann was named the winner of the eighth Biennal Hugo Boss Prize, a bi-annual award bestowed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for significant achievement in contemporary art, with an attached honorarium of $100,000. In a unique gesture to the museum Feldmann proposed the idea of creating an installation that would involve tacking 100,000 $1 bills to the walls of a large gallery off the Frank Lloyd Wright ramp. Via the NY Times:
“I’m 70 years old, and I began making art in the ’50s,” Mr. Feldmann said in a telephone interview from his studio in Düsseldorf. “At that time there was no money in the art world. Money and art didn’t exist. So for me $100,000 is very special. It’s incredible really. And I would like to show the quantity of it.”
It took museum art handlers roughly 13 days to pin the out-of-circulation bills to the wall and to condense the surface area required by so much currency the dollars were slightly overlapped. The exhibition will be up May 20–November 2, 2011. The photographs above by David Heald were provided courtesy the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
For most of my life a wallet was something I treasured little more than an umbrella or gym bag, that is, whatever got the job done was fine by me. Then a few years ago my wife gave me this impeccably designed Time to Swim wallet from db clay and I was floored by how beautiful and perfect it was, so much so that I’ve owned no other brand of wallet since (currently sporting this puppy). db clay is helmed by Portland-based designer and entrepreneur Garett Stenson who endured a number of hardships due to the recent financial crisis and was forced to temporarily cease wallet production, however he’s recently cranked things up again and a new series of five ultra-thin wallets called LINE 0.0 (my two favorites shown above) is now available for pre-order via a Kickstarter project. I’m not a particularly fashionable person, but I get questions about my wallet every week.
After attending an interactive design workshop, Sophie Kemp was tasked with redesigning the parameters of a common interaction. For her project she chose the generous though often uninspiring act of giving money.
I decided to take the cold cut process of giving people money and enhance the experience of this action. I decided to take a dollar bill and use origami folds to make it into a ring as the giving of a ring has such emotional connections. I then made these rings out of 12 different currencies.
I’ve seen my fair share of folded origami rings, and maybe even struggled through making one myself in grade school, but seeing that same process applied across the layouts of different paper bill designs is pretty awesome. (via creative review)
Incredible currency works by tattoo artist Scott Campbell as part of his latest show Noblesse Oblige that opened yesterday at OHWOW in LA. The top piece, a three dimensional skull, is comprised of a stack of $11,000 in cut, un-cut currency sheets.
Campbell expands his use of cut currency, sourcing uncut sheets of dollars directly from the United States Mint, to create large, intricate work with a sunken relief effect. One piece uses $11,000 worth of currency sheets to create an over two-foot cube, into which a three dimensional skull is carved-out. These works employ the familiar blue-collar vernacular of tattoo flash-boards – a skull smoking a cigarette, a skeleton’s hand in a provocative gesture, a single eye emitting a penetrating ray – and highlight the irony that exists within that imagery.
UK agency PrettyGreen made this awesome sign for Cadbury’s Race Season, a challenge to find the world’s fastest racers including the world’s fastest coin stacker. The work required the expertise of several 2D and 3D artists and took five days to construct utilizing 31,010 coins. Check out the making of video to see how they did it. (thnx, andy!)