Friday, March 05, 2010


Green pictures of dead presidents

Here’s a blog post with a collection of money “defaced” and turned into art. There are some interesting ones there (I like number 6, 12, 15, 23, 29, and 30, particularly... and you sorta have to love 18 for its sheer excess).

'E Pluribus Unum' (2005), by Ray BeldnerGoing in the other direction, though, is a work of art that’s in San Francisco’s de Young Museum of fine arts. Over there on the right is a picture I took of it last summer (click to enlarge).

It’s a portrait of George Washington... made from a boatload of folded-up dollar bills (each of which has, of course, the very portrait of George Washington on it. To top it off, the piece, by Ray Beldner, is called E Pluribus Unum, a slogan that appears on each bill and means “from many, one,” which also describes the construction of the piece itself.

So, instead of doing art on a piece of paper money, this takes a bunch of pieces of paper money and turns them into a work of art. And it has that bit of recursion to it that pleasantly warms a computer programmer’s heart.

[The title of this post is the title of a song by Jon Sirkis.]

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