Monday, April 24, 2006

New York Artist Earns Thousands By Ripping Up $800

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A New York-based artist is turning $800 into paintings worth thousands – just by ripping the cash into shreds.

That’s because Christopher Wilde makes “currency collages” by piecing together little bits of bucks, francs, lire and other forms of money into intricate paintings worth as much as $20,000 each.

Wilde started cashing in on currency back in 1998 when he pieced together some bills for a magazine cover and since has made 40 or 50 moneyed masterpieces.

He’s able to make the paintings without breaking the bank because he mostly utilizes obsolete currencies from countries that no longer exist.

Wilde says the most beautiful cash comes from predominantly Buddhist countries “because of the symbolism”, but admires the currencies of France, Germany and Italy, as well.

Still, the U.S. dollar has a special place in his heart because the lines on it are especially good for framing a picture.

Wilde will display his currency collages next month at a New York gallery and hopes to make a mint.

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