Gold. It is a precious metal and has been a valuable item for thousands of years. It’s beauty has captured the minds and hearts of many men and has spurred endless adventures and journeys to seek it. Yurko Gutsulyak went on an adventure regarding gold. It was an artistic adventure and also a philosophical one.
Commissioned by the Pivdennyi Bank in Ukraine, Yurko set out to make a “Golden Calendar.” While the calendar is made of gold and standard dates are printed on it, it also featured unique designs Yurko created himself based on little know facts about Gold. For instance, did you know that the world’s largest stockpile of gold is placed in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York? Did you know a gram of it can be stretched over 2.5 kilometers or that nobody knows exactly where gold comes from? Did you know it’s edible as well?
Check out some of the designs below and see if you can figure out the connection between the Gold facts and their corresponding pattern.
January (below): The world’s largest stockpile of gold is placed in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It holds 25% of the world’s gold reserve (540 thousand gold bars).
April (below): Nobody knows where gold comes from. Some astronomers believe that neutron-rich heavy elements such as gold might be most easily made in rare neutron-rich explosions such as the collision of neutron stars. According to them, gold is a souvenir from one of the most powerful explosions in the universe.
May (below): Alchemy emerged since 300 B.C. Attempts to turn base metals into gold reached their peak during the Renaissance. And only in Soviet nuclear reactors lead nuclei were transformed into gold with the help of radiation.
June (below): The density of gold is 19.32 g/cm3, a troy ounce makes 1.61 cm3 by volume. Thus, a ton of gold takes the volume of approximately 52 thousand cm3, which equals to a cube with a side of 37 cm.
July (below): The Incas believed that gold symbolizes the glory of their sun god, and called it “tears of the Sun.” In that time gold was not yet used for money. The Incas’ love of gold was purely aesthetic and religious by nature.
October (below): About 100 millions tons of gold is dissolved in the worlds oceans. But as of the moment there is no efficient technology of its extraction.