Coin Mural by Stefan Sagmeister

Typographer and Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister created this mural on Waagdragerhof Square in Amsterdam made of 250,000 Eurocents coins.

The coins were sorted into 4 different shades, and carefully placed over 300 sqm area. It took 8 days to complete the installation, with the help of more than 100 volunteers.

"I have rarely been obsessed with things in my personal life. I cannot worry about the right shade of green for the sofa, the details of a sexual ex-lover or the proper temperature of the AC meeting room. However, I am obsessed with my work and I think that many of our best projects have come out of this obsession."

The back of each coin was painted blue to indicate whether or not someone has taken a coin from the installation.

After completion the coins were left free and unguarded for the public to interact with.

"In the morning somebody showed up with a couple of plastic bags and started putting the coins into his bags. Apparently one of the neighbours saw this and thought this person is “stealing the artwork”, and called the police. They showed up, talked to the guy with the bags, who had no problem with leaving everything right there. Somehow the police must have thought that is not enough to protect the artwork, and after trying to reach the owner of it, they decided to get into action themselves. They called a city cleaning company and cleaned up the whole square with brooms, and brought all the coins to a “safe” room at the police department."

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