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Colorful Collage Portraits Made From Money Bills
Have you ever paid attention to the artwork on money bills you’re using? Different countries have paper currencies that vary in size and color, but they have one thing in common – portraits of their famous people.
French artist Philippe Pétremant took some time to gather money from all corners of the world, including Singapore, Republic of Guinea, Gambia and many others to use them for his latest art project. It is entitled Les Sept Mercenaires (The Magnificent Seven) and represents a series of portraits made by folding different banknotes in a way that parts of several faces form a new one with the help of paperclips. For example, Queen Elizabeth’s eyes and nose get combined with the moustache of Singapore’s first President and the forehead of Mao Zedong, creating a Frankenstein-like face.
Pétremant leaves enough clues for a persistent viewer to find the countries of origin of each of the banknotes, and while enjoying his art you can also test your knowledge on foreign currencies and historical figures.