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Sleek Shredded Bill Basins

The Money Bowls by Arthur Analts and Rudolph Strelis Transform Cash

— June 17, 2012 — Art & Design
For someone who has more money than they know what to do with, the Money Bowls by Arthur Analts and Rudolph Strelis should be their next splurge. London-based artists Analts and Strelis have created a series of bowls made from shredded cash and cold hard currency. The bank notes used to create these mortars, have already been taken out of circulation -- if you were thinking of an entrepreneurial endeavor -- and destroyed and later acquired by the Bank of England. The artists have calculated the total cash value of banks notes that are needed to create the different sizes of bowls; the smaller bowls take £1000 worth of notes and the larger ones need a whopping £3000 worth of notes.

The production of these bowls includes a process similar to papier-mache where the raw materials -- money, in this case -- are tightly packed and bonded together using resin. Each dish is lined with a white gel-like coat and the most interesting aspect of its design is the conical shape of the bowl's base, which allows the bowls to spin -- apparently, they can rotate for upwards of two minutes. The symbolism that artists place on the spinning dish is that it reflects "the change and rotation of the cash rate."
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