Artist put 15,000 coins on a path and filmed the delightful reactions


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/24/artist-put-15000-coins-on-a-p.html


#2

Man, in high school I dreamed about a being a rich eccentric, who would take a bag full of pennies and sprinkle them on the ground at a play ground going, “Here chick, chick, chick, chick.”


#3

I smell awesomeness!


#4

To save you the work I did, 2p is 1/50 BP, which is 1.29 USD at current exchange rate, so if my calculations are correct this amounts to $387 USD.


#5

A few years back I lived in a fairly ghetto neighborhood, and I regularly saw handfuls of pennies scattered on the sidewalk. I’m in a white part of town now, and I never see this any more. I wonder what it means


#6

I think I follow your meaning here, but did you really just equate “ghetto” with “not white”? Can I suggest some reading on Warsaw, Poland in the early parts of the 20th century?


#7

Thieves? It’s found money and people are hungry. Jesus H Christ.


#8

On a cold and gray Bydgoszcz mornin’
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
In the ghetto


#9

Good point. Neither neighborhood is homogeneous.


#10

Someone told me a story of Allen Ginsberg sometimes walking the streets of NYC and tossing dollar bills behind himself. Sounds plausible. I imagine that he was giggling the whole time.


#11

FWIW, I am curious about the phenomenon you observed. I wonder if you have a socioeconomic theory to explain it?


#12

This is just like my “exotic throw rug” from FFXIV.


#13


#14

how is picking up left money thieving? Wasn’t this money left with the specific intention of seeing what people would do? So this is even with the previous owners consent. I think the Evening Standard needs to learn to use English. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

yep. stupid clickbaity word choices are so tiresome.


#15

penny floors are quite neat!!!


#16

I agree!

The picture I posted is an actual furnishing from FFXIV, labeled as an exotic throw rug and with the following description:

“Because nothing says “class” like a rug with a treasure coffer sewn into it.”

http://en.ff14housing.com/itemview.php?id=bb4938056fc


#17

Only a wild-eyed guess. Maybe some poor people throw away those pennies as a middle finger to poverty itself. I dunno.


#18

Well put. My guess was along those lines.


#19

Hope those are coated so that they won’t start to all oxidize and end up all brown.


#20

White folks go to other neighborhoods to dump their pennies?