Money might not grow on trees but it can still build you a home…
Elsehwere in the world, an artist is welcoming tourists to his Dublin home, made from 1.4 billion euros ($1.8 billion) of shredded bank notes to stimulate debate about Ireland’s ailing economy, he told AFP on Monday:
Frank Buckley built the three-roomed apartment-cum-gallery over three months, from bricks made of mulched, decommissioned notes provided by Ireland’s Central Bank.
With the help of some donated timber and a door and a window given by a friend, the total cost to the struggling artist was just 35 euros, spent on wallpaper paste.
Buckley, who finished the construction in January, said he hoped opening his home would boost sales of the “cash-on-canvas” collages which hang on the walls as part of his exhibition, entitled “Expressions of Recession”.
His billion-euro home is built in what was an empty office building whose owner was hit by the property market collapse — which worked out well for the artist, if not the developer.
He added: “I am delighted this is creating a debate about money and currency — who gets it, who gives it, who makes it, what do they do with it.
“I won’t be charging for entry but will look for donations and I will have about 80 of my paintings that people can buy,” he told AFP.
Would you check out this crib made from c-notes?