Portrait Mash-Ups Made From Money

The Seven Mercenaries, by French artist Philippe Pétremant, is a series of portraits cobbled together from international banknotes. The 36-year-old Pétremant uses complicated origami folds and humble paper clips to keep the tiny sculptures in place, then photographs them for posterity. The large-format prints are on view this month at the Festival Circulation(s) in Paris.

On the one hand, Seven Mercenaries is a meditation on the universal power of the global economy, which transcends figureheads and political symbolism. On the other, there’s a definite aesthetic grace to each image. Ornate security threads, gradient colors, and microtext holographs are expertly woven into riotous patterns–aside from the semiotics of art made from money, these are simply beautiful objects.

via Co.Design http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672129/ornate-portrait-mash-ups-made-from-money