Artist JSG Boggs creates replicas of US and foreign currency
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: