Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

New Currency, 2008



MATERIALS:  Copper-plated coin blanks engraved with an image of the moon.

    It seems to me that most works of art are a form of collaboration. How does one pay one's invaluable helpers? I realized that I needed a kind of currency that would carry a value different than what I have in the bank. I minted this coin with an image of the two sides of the moon. I carry some with me and I use them to pay for things that are beyond value.