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Penny art | Lovely Designs

This is incredible. An installation created by 250,000 loose Eurocents in three different shades laid out on Waagdragerhof Square in Amsterdam.

It is the work of designer/typographer Stefan Sagmeister. This is what he says about it:
“I rarely obsess about things in my private life. I fail to care about the right shade of green for the couch, the sexual details of an ex-lover or the correct temperature of the meeting room AC. I don’t think I miss much.
However, I do obsess over our work and think that a number of our better projects came out of such an obsession.”

From what I understand, this project took about a week to install and everyone was wondering what would happen to it. The disappearance of a number of coins was expected, but would people merely take, or would they expand upon it? preserve it? destroy it by walking on it?

Shockingly, it disappeared over night. Apparently, people were, in fact, taking some of the coins and a nearby resident called the police. The police’s solution was to ‘secure the artwork’ by sweeping up the whole thing. Boggles the mind…

Here it is the intact installation.

 

Some images of it’s creation and demise found on [Feel Desain]

 

This is a wonderful little timelapse video of the whole thing from it’s start to the last penny being swept up that I found on ThePlatform.info

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