Show Me the Money

Artist JSG Boggs creates replicas of US and foreign currency

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For 20 years, JSG Boggs has been creating "bogus" bills that replicate currencies around the world. To celebrate his 20th anniversary in the field, Boggs has created a 12- x 22-ft digital image of the 20-pound English banknote. The bill, which commemorates the life of William Shakespeare, is on display at the Sorenson Center for the Arts on the Babson College campus in Wellesley, MA.

"What? The arts at a business college?" asks Burl Hash, director of Sorenson Center for the Arts. "Of course--because our students are creative; entrepreneurs are thinkers." "

Boggs has been a "money artist" since 1984, when he first accidentally "spent" a drawing of a one-dollar bill. He has been arrested for counterfeiting in England and Australia (later acquitted in both cases), met with the Counterfeiting Division, and been "raided" by the Secret Service.

He uses an Epson Stylus Photo 2000 printer with Epson Archival Matte media to create his work. Boggs' art hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the British Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and the Art Institute of Chicago. (JSG Boggs: www.jsgboggs.com or www.ozwei.net/boggs/boggsbills.html; Babson College: www.babson.edu)

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