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From September 2004, one and two cent pieces have no longer be issued in Dutch shops. They remain legal tender and sums are rounded to the nearest 5-cent according to the 'Swedish rounding' principle. One and two cents disappeared from Dutch pockets but they still jingle in the pockets of tourists. GPatelier decided to collect coins from all the European countries to subtract them from their economic function (lost by now in the Netherlands) and convert them into artworks and Urban Intervention.

Giuliano Pappadopoli a.k.a. Brush analyzes how money influence and change our mind and our perception of value. Everybody knows the price of everything but do we know the value? He chooses coins as the object of his exploration: they are disappearing and soon money is going to disappear as a tangible form. Most of the transaction is now digital, no space anymore for exchange in favor of an interest-based money system, which pushes people to grow more and more money instead of exchange it.

Increasing the emotional and symbolic value of the coins, Brush uses their physical and psychological presence and their economic appearance to produce questions, thoughts, emotions, and messages about the contemporary scene and its economic, political and social issues. Their variations in size, colors, brightness, and design bring the viewer into a world of round shapes where dynamic mutation and adaptation reveal portraits and scenarios.

The park is conceived as a neolithic village where physical and visual connection meets the urban main texture of the surrounding. Cultural activities, eco-materials, plant species, altitude profile and bio-climatic solutions revoke history and tradition of the place.

A coating layer is often applied to the coins copper surface representing how the economic scene is nowadays hidden and unclear. This brings the public to an unavoidable empathy and contradiction between what is visible and what is behind that part of visibility where the imagination is stuck.

The art project enlarges its borders bearing its concept in an urban scenario. GPatelier is working on the design of a gigantic glass wall (to be placed in strategic urban areas), which will perform as a self-sufficient organic system and low-resolution screen (self-sustainable electrically switchable glass).

The insertion of coins, in strategic places/spaces, will activate a mechanical process in the wall, which will show step-by-step dotted generated pictures about specific topics. Its interactive and communicative ability, against the massive commercial use of the high-resolution screen, will bring new art values in the urban surroundings. It will be a dynamic art-specific communication, which will interact with the environment bringing people to a full involvement and visual experience. Artists and benefits companies will provide a program of videos, installations, and performances to create socially relevant projects, which can bring around 200.000 Euros worth of coins per year. The collected coins will be distributed for various benefits.

DETAILS
Location
Amsterdam [NL]
Program
Art project development
Status
In process
Architect
Giuliano Pappadopoli

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