Tuesday 20 February 2018

Artists spare no effort to highlight question of change

Fiach Kelly

HE could do with this spare change today.

But Taoiseach Brian Cowen will have €14.66 less to tax as he and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan scour around for shillings to fix the economy in today’s Budget.

A Dublin artist has depicted Mr Cowen using 1,466 one-cent coins, and the piece is called ‘Change’.

Graphic designer Adam Crane (38) said he came up with the idea last week and he and a friend worked on it for 10 hours over the weekend.

They used a projected picture of Mr Cowen’s face as a guideline and wanted to produce the piece to coincide with the Budget.

Mr Crane got the 1,466 one cent coins from the bank and they were then split into different shades to lend “graduation” to the piece.

He chose the title of the piece – with an added pun – to highlight how important it was for people to think about how they vote in the election.

“We’re just at a particular point at the moment and there was a particular pun I just couldn’t let go,” Mr Crane said.

“People are facing a choice now and it’s just to kind of highlight that you need to think of who you elect. I’m not anti-Fianna Fail – maybe it should be change with a question mark.”

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