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Currency Portraits by Senseteam

January 17, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Using thin strips of dissected currency from around the world, Chinese creative firm Senseteam (website currently down) has composed a series of portraits for a book and poster series entitled Big Business 3 meant to “reflect the subtle relationships and influences across money, desire, society, nations, and human beings.” The project won a gold award at the Design for Asia Award 2011 and you can see much more over on designboom.

 

 



Art

Dollar Broom

December 7, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A new piece by currency artist Mark Wagner that redefines dirty meaning of dirty money. (via julien foulatier)

 

 



Photography

Money Faces

October 24, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Too. Much. Fun. While not particularly a new idea, Reddit user MadSon11 recently photographed a great mashup self-portrait using the lower half of Alexander Hamilton’s head from a U.S. $10 bill (top photo). An instant meme was born, and soon dozens of money faces were pouring in from all over the world. The hilarity continues on Visual News.

 

 



Art

Money Trees

September 10, 2011

Christopher Jobson

As perhaps a companion piece to last week’s skull nickels, here’s yet another thing I had no idea existed. Apparently in several wooded areas around the UK, passersby have been stopping for decades (if not centuries), meticulously hammering small denomination coins intro trees. Most of the trees seem to be in and around Cumbria and Portmeirion, and I didn’t find a single example of a tree like this located outside the UK. According to this recent article by the BBC, the practice might date back to the early 1700s in Scotland where ill people stuck florins into trees with the idea that the tree would take away their sickness. The practice seems akin to love padlocks or Americans collaborative effort of sticking their nasty ass gum all over everything. (photos courtesy shaun whiteman, drew, ken werwerka, rachel bibby, paul morriss, ministry, donald mcdougal, heartbeeps, via lustik)

 

 



Art

Skull Nickels

September 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

My friend Ben (previously) shot me a link to this article about carved coins called Hobo Nickels. Although the history of carving miniature bas relief sculptures into coins stretches back to the 18th century if not earlier, it was greatly popularized in the early 20th century with the introduction of the Buffalo nickel. This particular coin was minted using soft metal and was imprinted with the portrait of an indian with bold features, making it easier to deface and transform into the portraits of other people, animals, or even scenery. Add to that the idle hands of unemployed artists during the depression (thus, “hobo”) and soon a flood of curious numismatic treasures were born. Most of the images on hobo nickels are too folk artsy for my taste, however a number of artists etched away the flesh of the subject to reveal these awesomely macabre skulls. Hobo nickel carving remains a popular hobby today and it even has a society. Don’t you wish we had actual money that looked like this? Images linked to their sources, most of which are live Ebay auctions. (thnx, ben!)

 

 



Art Design

Currency Koi

June 30, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Good lord isn’t this little koi amazing? It’s amazing. Look at all those teeny tiny scaly folds! It originally appeared on the tumblelog of Mizu Kami and was subsequently reblogged about a billion times, but I don’t think he’s the artist. I bet the instructions would require 100 times the amount of paper. (via fasels suppe)

Update: It turns out that Mizu Kami did in fact fold the Koi, and the design is by Won Park. (thnx mizu & caitlin!)

 

 



Art Music

The Pipe-Organ ATM: The Most Frequently Used ATM in Italy

June 6, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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.