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Money-Made Maps

The Currencies Around the World Maps Look Rather Expensive

— September 27, 2012 — Unique
The Currencies Around the World Maps are striking depictions of Earth's topography. Each one is made using the currency of the countries depicted. Nevertheless, while one centers around paper money, the other uses coins. Utterly unique and artistic, it shows just how similar these different cultures can be despite the belief that they are very different.

One of the Currencies Around the World Maps was created by Swedish design studio Bedow, run by creative director Perniclas Bedow. Using approximately 3,000 coins, the map was recognized as winner at the Kolla! Awards in September 2012. Redditor The310Investigator, on the other hand, spent 12 hours pasting together his colorful map through photo manipulations. He pieced the images together like one big jigsaw puzzle.
Trend Themes
1. Currencies Around the World Maps - This trend showcases the use of currencies to create unique and artistic representations of Earth's topography, creating opportunities for innovative collaborations between artists and financial institutions.
2. Coin-based Art - The use of coins to create intricate maps presents an opportunity for artists and designers to explore the creative potential of currency as a medium, inspiring new forms of mixed-media art and craftsmanship.
3. Cultural Similarities - The Currencies Around the World Maps challenge the perception of differences between cultures by highlighting the visual similarities found in different countries' currencies, providing an opportunity for cross-cultural understanding and exchange.
Industry Implications
1. Artistic Design - This trend opens up possibilities for collaboration between artists, designers, and financial institutions to create unique and visually striking artworks that blend currency, design, and cartography.
2. Mixed-media Art - The use of coins and paper money to create maps presents disruptive innovation opportunities within the field of mixed-media art, allowing artists to experiment with new techniques and materials.
3. Financial Services - Financial institutions can leverage the Currencies Around the World Maps trend to promote cultural understanding and diversity, creating innovative marketing campaigns or educational programs that bridge the gap between finance and art.
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