DOLLAR BILL ORGAMI:
Most people just spend their money. Others turn it into
Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Relational Aesthetics
Rirkrit Tiravanija is a Buenos Aires-born Thai contemporary artist
known for exploring the social role of the artist using relational
aesthetics. He is most famous for installation art pieces where he
cookes meals for gallery-goers, reads to them, or plays music for them.
Rirkrit’s treatment of money, above, is a perfect example of this
examination of human beings in their social context rather than in a private space.
While the core concept is incredibly simple, the results are nothing
short of amazing. Each of the pieces is formed by folding currency
from a different country in such a way that the resulting miniature
emphases the face of the leader on the note. Not only that, but each of
the faces is given a unique hat or garb, representing the culture of the
currencies’ country of origin.
In a concept similar to the one shown above, this set incorporates
the cultural heritage of each country into the note buy cutting it out
in the shape of one of the countries’ popular skylines. Often with faces
projected onto the skylines, the final pieces are beautiful works of
art, immediately identifiable by the precise cutting of the skylines.
Money Sculptures by Justine Smith
Justine Smith’s work is noted for here exploration of our
relationships with, and responses to money, in political, moral, and
social settings. On the one hand we have guns and grenades, representing
the money used to fund wars and cause bloodshed around the
world, and on the other, are intricate and beautiful flowers
representing everything just and sacred.