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Made of Money

Eric Millikin's avatar Eric Millikin

Cut-up dollar bills woven together to create portraits of great people whose contributions are immeasurable yet they died virtually penniless. These are a reminder to us — as ArtPrize artists compete for more than $500,000 in corporate-sponsored prizes — that our best people aren't always rewarded with wealth, and that our wealthiest people aren't always our best. The five portraits are of Nikola Tesla, Hedy Lamarr, Edgar Allan Poe, Joe Louis, and Vincent van Gogh. This is a 6.5" x 24" 8-color archival ink jet print on Hahnemuhle 308 gsm cotton paper, folded up like a billfold wallet to create an artist's book that is 6.5" x 4.75". That is then placed inside a post office box, where you might receive your paychecks or your bills, so that you can personally remove the artwork from the post office box, hold it in your own hands, and then think about this outside the box. Outside of Post Office hours (9 am - 5 pm, Mon. - Fri.), artwork is displayed on the sidewalk outside the Post Office.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: Almost none (2-D)
  • Medium: Money, photography, digital, printmaking
  • Width: Infinitely variable
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: Infinitely variable