Gallery: Robert Weschler Turns Thousands of American Pennies Into Colos...

By transforming the legal tender into a sculpture, the artist is exploring functionality and value.

Robert Wechsler constructed his Mendicant sculptures from thousands of U.S. pennies — artifacts which he says are a symbol of American culture. Despite the fact that they are incredibly common (50 billion are in circulation), Wechsler says that the traditional penny is as much a monument to the nation as the Statue of Liberty. By transforming the legal tender into sculptures, the artis explores not only its functionality but its value.

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