A brief History of Money, 2014

White Italian marble, Travertine

3 elements;

Bridge Money: 180cm x 15cm x 120cm high

Spade Money: 180cm x 10cm x 180cm high

Sword Money:  40cm x 13cm x 190cm high


This three-part work is based on existing early coins from China, before coins were round. Spade money, bridge money and sword money were some of the shapes used. Coins are a very early of abstracted value. I chose these three shapes for their symbolic value. Sustenance - the spade, crossing the divide – the bridge and defense or territorial expansion – the sword. These are basic goals of human needs symbolizing commercial values and/ or moral values.

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