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Hilarious “Moneygami” Portraits Depict Famous Figures Using Folded Up Currency

Posted By Lori Zimmer On July 23, 2011 @ 12:50 pm In Art,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery | No Comments

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Our relationship with money [2] changes from day to day. One day we love it, the next we hate it – but do we ever really pay attention to it? When was the last time you inspected the detailed art work on the money that we begrudgingly hand over to a shop for a pair of hot shoes [3]? Keeping these questions in mind, Yosuka’s moneygami [4] forces us to take note of our bank notes.

Each piece of currency itself is a work of art, a tributary portrait of a great – or not so great – leader. Yosuka  creates a sense of equality amongst all of the famous igures, by folding [5] a sense of humor into money. With a flick of a crisp edge, Che Guevara is turned into a cowboy. Saddam Hussein sports a soda jerk style hat, and Chairman Mao is given a Navy [6] cap. Abraham Lincoln seems to be a favorite, appearing in sideways ball caps, du rags, turbans, sombreros and even as a ninja.

In these economically stressful times, Yosuka’s moneygami puts a smile on our faces again when dealing with money [7]. And hey, we can always unfold one of his portraits should we need that extra cash for subway fare!

+ Hasegawa Yosuka [8]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/hilarious-%e2%80%9cmoneygami%e2%80%9d-portraits-depict-famous-figures-using-folded-up-currency/hasegawa-yosuka-2/

[2] money: http://inhabitat.com/canada-now-issuing-durable-and-recyclable-plastic-polymer-banknotes/

[3] hot shoes: http://inhabitat.com/top-7-sizzling-vegan-sandals-for-summer/

[4] moneygami: http://inhabitat.com/intricate-hand-folded-sculptures-made-from-old-tea-bag-wrappers/

[5] folding: http://inhabitat.com/ephemeral-origami-tea-set-by-yuya-ushida-reminds-us-to-enjoy-lifes-simple-pleasures/

[6] Navy: http://inhabitat.com/airforce-plans-to-source-50-of-domestic-fuel-intake-from-biofuel-by-2016/

[7] dealing with money: http://inhabitat.com/bergdorf-a-lovable-piggy-bank-made-of-recyclable-paper-pulp/

[8] + Hasegawa Yosuka: http://fickleflickers.fc2web.com/noguchi/menu4.htm

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