The always innovative Spanish street artist SpY’s latest art intervention indirectly offers the public 1,000 euros for the taking. The artist has written “CRISIS” across a historic wall in Bilbao using two eurocent coins. The public work, which literally confronts the declining value of the euro, was picked off by passersby in just 24 hours after SpY installed it.
Sprawling across a weathered stone wall in downtown Bilbao, the glittering installation sparkled and glinted in the sun, appearing at first like a mass of sequins. But a step closer, and pedestrians realized the public wall art was almost as good as gold. Making up each boxy letter were hundreds of eurocents- in the denomination of two cents. With some of the copper coins being brand new and shiny and some showing wear, tear and signs of oxidation, it was easy to mistake the coins for décor.
SpY shared his detailed steps for installing CRISIS on his website, including the breaking down of each letter. The coins themselves were held together with row upon row of glue. The glue grids were then affixed together on the wall, forming each letter.
Rather than just being a street art mural to behold, the stand-out art installation invited the public to interact with it, as well as with each other. The artist watched as passersby approached the piece, talked to each other about it- then picked off a few coins to keep for themselves. Although the piece lasted only 24 hours, it was captured with many photos.