October 21, 2008

Dagens Næringsliv‘s fabulous Friday magazine alerted me to this story. As part of Experimentadesign Amsterdam 2008, Stefan Sagmeister created a beautiful installation over 8 days made up of 250,000 eurocent coins on how Obsessions Make His Life Worse and His Work Better.

But barely 20 hours after the last coin was placed, Amsterdam police were alerted to the fact that someone was removing some of the coins, and with stunning (and unprecedented?) efficiency, moved to sweep up the entire thing. Here’s the photographic evidence.

The installation met with its end so quickly that Sagmeister and his team hadn’t even had time to document it properly, and are now appealing for any photos of it to be added to a Flickr pool. Anjens took the photo above, and here’s a time lapse video documenting the process.


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