When artist Robert Wechsler comes across a large number of coins, he doesn’t just trade them in for dollar bills like everybody else. Instead, he sees an opportunity for art. Using quarters, dimes, and pennies, Wechsler recently developed this series of complex geometric forms, simply called Money, as a commission for The New Yorker‘s October 14, 2013 money-themed issue.
Whether electronic or material, we all use currency on a daily basis. Through his work, Wechsler invites us to look at the highly valued metal and paper forms with a different perspective. From fresh, shiny, and new, to aged and completely worn, Wechsler uses not just US currency, but also coins from places including Canada, Belize, and Hong Kong. He carefully cuts notches into each coin and manually joins them together to create the fascinating variety of shapes and patterns.
In all of his art, the artist reworks objects and shapes into creative shapes and structures, and he says, “My work seeks to awaken undiscovered virtue in everyday objects and spaces by challenging commonplace associations through careful intervention.”