We’ve seen money collages and sculptures plenty of times, from the politically charged works of Chad Person to the 3D carvings of Scott Campbell. One major thing is different about these works however: these are made from different currencies sourced from countries around the world. The effect is quite striking and beautiful, because unlike the monochromatic U.S. currency used in the aforementioned works, these are multi-colored with designs unfamiliar to many eyes. Through their multi-cultural paper source, these works seem to bring forth a message of unity, collaboration and harmony in the world… and the gracefully composed designs send exactly the same message.
Created by artist Rodrigo Torres, the bills are as diverse as the Mexican peso, the now defunct Greek drachma and the Chinese yuan. When recently asked about his process, he had this to say:
“I am using to starting with some object that i find, and i try to intervene in a way that has something to do with the fabrication process of that object. For example, in banknotes, i make some interventions with the stylus, very meticulously, because it has to do with the work of the engraver, what he has done there.”
For more of this up and coming artists work, see his flickr page.