Large Coin Installation Made with 250,000 Eurocents
Back in September 2008 artists Stefan Saigmester and Jessica Hische collaborated on a large public installation made with 250,000 Eurocents. Over the course of 8 days and with the help of more than 100 volunteers, Stefan and Jessica sorted the coins into 4 different shades, and carefully placed them over a 300 sqm area in Amsterdam. The coin mural spelled out the sentence “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.” After completion the coins were left free and unguarded for the public to interact with. Less than 20 hours after the grand opening, a local resident noticed a person bagging the coins and taking them away. Protective of the design piece they had watched being created, they called the police. After stopping the ‘criminal’ the police–in an effort to ‘preserve the artwork’–swept up every remaining cent and carted them away.