American Currency by Paul Rousso

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“At the end of the next paragraph I’m going to treat myself to a bag of M&Ms,”  I’d tell myself.  It had been hours of college reading, and my brain needed a bribe to keep me going, chocolate! The problem was, I worked for tips at the time, and never seemed to have a good bill. I’d stand there, not very patiently, once, twice, four, five times, inserting my wrinkly bill into the machine, waiting to hear it process, then the REJECT motor would start up and I’d be face to face with that darn bill again. Oh the torture, can I just have my rescuing melt in your mouth not in your hand at B5 already?!

American artist Paul Russo has created his own collection of crumpled up currency. What a cool project this is!  Ramped up to giant proportions, the dollar bill art hang on the wall measuring 4 by 6. They are made by a process of infusing plexiglass with heat, then shaping and distorting. The super sized money includes all the official markings as the real thing. They appear incredibly believable, accept for the problem that you’d never get one of those to fit in your wallet.

In the words of the artist, “…After hundreds of years of he printed word, ink on paper, is on it’s way out… Soon there will be no new magazines, no newspapers, no new books, everyone will have their reader, I-pad etc., to which they can download whatever they want, whenever they want, where ever they are. The last paper and ink to go away will likely be our paper currency.”

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Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.

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