21 Things Made Out Of Cold, Hard Cash

There’s a fiscal crisis looming, you say? No bother. These things are LITERALLY made of money.

1. World’s most expensive broom made from hundreds of shredded dollar bills

Created by Mark Wagner

2. Matsumoto Castle Replica made from paper currency worth $818,000

3. “The Mendicant” by Robert Wechsler

This art installation features a series of sculptural cubes made entirely out of notched interlocking pennies, ranging in date from 1959-2012 and from a variety of specific locations.

4. The “Rising Tide” of 90,000 pennies

By Claire Morgan

…destroyed for artistic effect.

5. “One Billion Dollar” — the most expensive piece of art EVER

This art piece by Michael Marcovici (2009) is literally 10 million $100 bills stacked on wooden crates. According to the website, the piece is meant to prompt contemplation about what one would do with so much money.

6. The 3,000-coin World Currency Map

Created in 2009 for the Swedish bank Erik Penser Bankaktiebolag, this map is composed of continent-specific currency.

7. Money wallpaper at Superstition Saloon

Tortilla Flats, AZ

8. Wall, ceiling, and pillar decor at Cabbage Key Inn

Almost every surface of this restaurant in Pine Island Sound, FL is covered in bills left behind by patrons.

9. The penny bar at Ford’s Garage

Fort Meyers, FL

10. A penny kitchen counter

11. Penny flooring

How else to make use of the lowly one-center?

12. The Half-Dollar Butterfly Chair

13. An unconventional reward for hard work, by Mark Wagner

An actual raise would undoubtedly be preferred.

14. The International “Money Dress” by Susan Stockwell

The “Money Dress” (2010) was created using paper money from across the globe, stitched together to mimic an 1870s dress worn by female British explorers.

15. “The People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway” Promotional Dress

This dress made out of £50,000 in paper notes and coins in total was used to promote the British ITV show “The People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway,” in which the public voted for one of four projects to be awarded a £50 million grant.

Image from Clayton Parker.

16. A Hat of British Pounds

Artists Zena May Hendrick, Sarah Parker, and Hattie Newman created this hat out of shredded money, which was featured in The Guardian.

17. A Monetary Interpretation of Angie’s Leg

By Latvian artist Irina Truhanova

18. “An Exploration of Value in the Form of Money Mosaics” by Chad Person

Yixing Teapot and iPod (2005) from the “Worshipping Mammon — Currency Artwork” collection.

George Foreman Grill and Coconuts

19. Groom’s Cake Decorations

Considering that few things are dirtier than money, one would hope that these cakes were just for show.

20. Zimbabwean Protest Sign

In 2009, The ZImbabwean Newspaper launched an ad campaign using a series of posters, murals and billboards made out of the Zimbabwe 100 trillion note, criticizing Mugabe for the hyperinflation crisis.

21. A currency collage of the ever-elusive “Money Tree” by Mark Wagner

If only…

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