Friday, August 14, 2015

Sepia Saturday 292: Money Art

Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?
The king was in his counting house counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted,” said Albert Einstein

Many artists see beyond the ordinary face value of money and view it as an artistic medium, using it as a base to which they can add significantly more value and in some cases to make political statements. 
CK Wilde
 CK Wilde's intriguing works, collages crafted from currency from all over the world, are sold at a high-end gallery in Beverly Hills. No prices are available on-line but you can bet they're very valuable. Note the oil well in the left corner. 
Won Park 
Designer Won Park makes origami objects and animals from a single dollar or a couple of dollars. He sells a how-to book called Dollar Origami for $16.67 on Amazon.

Johnny Swing Coin Couch - value estimated at $100,000.00

David McLiman - Priceless

Scott Campbell 3D carved heart

Laser cut sculptures by Scott Campbell, a tattoo artist and sculptor, must cost a bundle because it takes a lot of money to create one of these pieces, as many as 10,000 dollar bills. Just for the materials!

If you could get hold of Zimbabwe dollars, they would be the cheapest currency around to use in art. Zimbabwe has started retiring its almost worthless local currency in favor of the US dollar. Today, 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars are equal to US $1, as a result of hyperinflation which hit the country in 2009.

A quadrillion is a thousand trillion or 1,000,000,000,000,000. Take 35 of these and you've got one American dollar.

35 quadrillion dollars would make a marvelous stack of paper to attack with a laser cutter. You could probably make a statue of Robert Mugabe for about $.05 worth of paper currency. I'm not sure it would be worth the investment. 

Watch out for blackbirds as you scurry over to read more posts about money, guards, banking and notes at 


  1. I think maybe you win the prize for being the most inventive in matching the prompt. All I can say is "Wow!" A very different, imaginative, and visually entertaining post!

  2. Some beautiful works. I think the origami fish is beautiful.

  3. Those are some interesting ways of using money.

  4. Weird and wonderful! The fish eye looks to be part of the note design appearing in just the right place, which is anazing.

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  6. Oh goodness, this is quite an interesting concept.

  7. Those collages are beautiful and a real investment in more ways than one!

  8. Sculpted money. I've never seen anything like it.

  9. Very clever. The recent news of the American dentist /trophy hunter who shot a Zimbabwean lion didn't mention the exchange rate. I figure he paid close to ZB$1.75 to the 20th power!

  10. Oh Helen, you are good!