Mark Wagner is an artist who understands the hidden beauty in the often overlooked one dollar bill. He manages to take the great features of the American dollar bill and cuts them up and rearranges the pieces into incredible art pieces. (He even takes meticulous notes on each project. Seriously.)
“The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers-striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar.”
This man really knows his way around an xacto knife that is for sure…
I recommend going to his site to check ’em all out and wreck an hour or so like I did.
(via kickthebobo on Twitter)
Check out the Dutch Architecture Fiver in all it’s glory! This is a brand new commemorative coin that pays tribute to the great architects of the Netherlands. On the front is a portrait of the Queen that is formed by the names of the architects. On the back, architecture books are placed along the edge of the coin so that the tops of the books form the shape of the Netherlands. Bird silhouettes suggest the capitals of all the provinces.
Two interesting facts about the Architecture Fiver:
- The design was created using nothing but free software.
- The names on the front are not in alphabetical order, nor are they in chronological order but are ordered by the number of hits on the Internet. OMG!
Here is the story on how designer Stani Michiels came up with the design and the free programs he used to create the design. There are also some large scans of the coin on that page as well.