A duo of Latvian designers make a statement about contemporary currency through a series of bowls made from the shredded pieces of up to 3,000 GB pounds! These vessels are full of symbolism with their intriguing material and suspect form. Artus Analts and Rudolfs Strelis purposefully make the bowls unstable, giving them the ability to become saucer-like spinning tops.
The bowls are made with a thin outer layer comprised of real shredded Great British currency. Analts and Strelis say that their bowls “reflect the thin borders between valuable and useless, stable and variable, ancient and contemporary.” Their unique form with a natural spinning axis makes the bowls intentionally unstable. When the bowls are spun, they can rotate for up to two minutes, which the artists say symbolizes the change and rotation of the cash rate. The money bowls are made in two sizes, the smaller of which is made from 1,000 shredded GB pounds, and the large one from 3,000 pounds!
The designers have not revealed where in the chain the paper money is coming from, but we suspect that in order to make these bowls cost effective, they may be made from pounds coming out of rotation.
Artus Analts and Rudolfs Strelis work together on many architecture and design projects under the partnership that is Variant Studio, which has bases in Riga and London. Awarded as ‘The Best New Designer’ in Latvia, Analts moved to London to continue his studies there, while Rudolph mastered his knowledge in scenography and industrial design at Latvian Academy of Arts. The moneys bowls, and other high design items from Latvian origin, can be purchased online from True Latvia.