Incredible Money Portraits
I have found that one of the most brilliant ways to thoroughly incorporate the cultural aspects of a piece of art is to actually have a piece of that culture be part of what makes the art. Chinese creative studio Senseteam does this in a very beautiful fashion for an art book which is titled “Big Business 3.” The group of designers put together a series of portraits that are made from different currencies from around the world, cut and glued together for a very realistic image of each person.
If you look at a close up image of these portraits, not only is the experimental medium very intriguing, but the attention to detail regarding line, light, and shadow is amazing for using paper money.
“Currency symbolizes the value of a nation and its position in the world,” explain the designers. “The ‘Big Business 3′ portraits reflect the subtle relationships and influences across money, desire, society, nations, and human beings.”
The portraits are, in a sense, a political commentary. They note that in today’s society an individual is reduced to what they are worth financially. Awarded a gold medal in communication design by the Hong Kong Design Center, the project not only makes a commentary on economics, but also symbolizes the international flow of money and how each person is related to that interconnected web of economic globalization. In a way the piece de-materializes money, and instead shows the human aspect behind the representation of money. Just as in nature, every little thing effects the bigger picture. What do you think of it?
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Money Portraits by Senseteam [Designboom]