Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Money for nothing

Like Sarah Palin, I read the New York Times. However, on Sunday, while Ms Palin was reading about Mr Ayers, I was reading about the brilliant Laura Gilbert.

Ms Gilbert, a Manhattan-based artist, is employing her creativity to protest what she calls “the current economic calamity.” Ms. Gilbert plans to stand on Wall Street this week and give away signed and numbered originals of “The Zero Dollar,” a slightly downsized rendering of the $1 bill with zeros in place of the ones.

Ms. Gilbert, who began working on the print after the fall of Bear Stearns earlier this year, sees the dollar bill as “symbolic of America’s stature in the world.” As a reflection of the crisis in the financial markets, she has tried to lower the monetary value of the print itself to zero by creating a very large edition of 10,000.

(NYTimes and Notcot)

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