If you live or work
in New York City, watch out for these when looking for pocket change.
Colorful, illustrated pennies discovered after a day of shopping
at regular stores in the city. Naturally, we will be passing them
on to others over time. It will only be a matter of days before
Kevin Bacon gets one… Also spotted in past months - rubber
stamps on paper money. These fantastic urban artifacts make use
of the entire city as a gallery, and everyday people as temporary
An anonymous artist sent us his story in response to this exhibit;
admitting that the altered currency can only be spent at places
where the storekeeper can be trusted with the responsibility of
putting these creations into circulation. Once the owner figures
out that he is operating a clearing house for the artwork, the artist
has to move on and find another distributor.
That's the fate of
most pennies - empty your pockets into the penny jar at the end
of the day. Or maybe loose ten pounds of coins accumulating in your
purse for months. Every penny collection is different: the 5 gallon
water bottle, an old tin can of "Cafe Bustello". One guy
in Brooklyn uses an enormous flower pot, a girl in Manhattan has
a separate, covered dish just for the new State quarters.