Statue of Liberty Made of Over 1,000 U.S. Dollar Bills

The most impressive work to date by artist Mark Wagner is this huge 17ft tall by 6ft 3in wide collage of the Statue of Liberty. Made of 81,895 pieces cut from 1,121 U.S. dollar bills, the Liberty collage is one-eleventh the scale of Frederic Bertholdi’s famous sculpture and involves 13 separate panels. Wagner invites you to stand back and see the collage as a whole and then asks you to come closer to view each panel individually. Notice the humor, the way Wagner has made George Washington into a sort of caricature but also see how he addresses more serious issues dealing with economics, civil liberties, and American self-image.

Why did the artist decide to take on this year-long project? “A lot of my dollar collage work focuses on issues of American identity, and there isn’t a much stronger symbol of American Identity than either the dollar bill or Miss Liberty,” he tells us, “to change the one into the other seemed to fit. I’d wanted to ‘scale up’ for a while and really show some commitment to the work, and reproducing the statue in proportion to Washington’s portrait on the one was just enough of a stretch.”

Liberty (Full View)

Liberty (Detail View: Part of Panel 6)

Liberty (Detail View: Part of Panel 11)

Mark Wagner’s website

January 15, 2017

Timeless Photos Capture the Dreamy Villages of Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre, a string of rustic coastal villages along Italy’s Ligurian Coast has long been an inspiration for travel photographers. With plunging cliffs and dramatic vistas, the small towns are ripe for postcard perfect photography. But when Slovenian photographer Jaka Bulc traveled to the Cinque Terre, he immersed himself in a different side of the towns. The result is a set of timeless images that peel back the layers of the well-loved vacation spot.

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January 14, 2017

Portraits of Legendary Musicians Painted on Vinyl Records

For years, Arizona-based artist Daniel Edlen has created show-stopping works of vinyl art. Inventively using records as his canvas, Edlen has redefined “album art” with his painted portraits of iconic singers and beloved bands. To create each masterpiece, Edlen applies acrylic paint directly onto the record’s vinyl. Stark, black-and-white tones enable each singer’s portrait to dramatically pop from its black background, and delicate, dappled brushstrokes reminiscent of pointillism emphasize the surface’s unique contours.

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