Eye Candy (20)

By: Peggy Nelson
September 27, 2013

This week’s Eye Candy follows the money. Specifically, the coin of various realms, which tends to profile heads of state.



Designer Andre Levy saw potential where the rest of us see only pocket change, and has updated various profiles to reflect superheroes, cartoon characters, pop portraits, and, somewhat unexpectedly, Karl Lagerfeld.





Coins are actually massively-reproduced little sculptures. This project brings individual character to each replica, and makes us think: Are we able to like one cent more than others, just by injecting new stories in it?

—Andre Levy

Levy’s idea and execution are gaining digital currency, and no wonder. By marrying the idea of miniature painting directly to a coin, these painted pop fusions are right on the money.


Eye Candy is reminded of “Banksy of Bulgaria,” whose pop-inflected paint job on a Soviet war monument you may remember from Reuters, or the Mail.



And the focus on faces also brings to mind the origami’d currency of Yosuke Hasegawa, whose manipulations turn the money back on itself to become its own, lightly-3D decoration.


Of course, before you try resurrecting the enamel paints from your discarded model kits, U.S. enthusiasts may want to familiarize themselves with the legal grey area that is Title 18, Part I, Chapter 17, Section 331 of the US Code: Mutilation, diminution, and falsification of coins.

Then again, Eye Candy wagers you’ve come to save Alex, not to spend him.



Tales you Lose: Tumblr; Facebook
Banksy of Bulgaria
Yosuke Hasegawa
18 U.S.C. § 331


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