Friday, 31 October 2008

Show me the money! (or The Dutch have the most beautiful money)

There is an internet edge to this story, as this money was created using open source software only. For the full story behind the coin, follow the link, but the money is dedicated to "The Netherlands and Architecture". On the one side it shows the face of Queen Beatrix made out of the names of Dutch architects, sorted by how often they are named on the internet. Rem Koolhaas, Pierre Cuypers, Aldo van Eyck, Gerrit Rietveld are the top 4. All of them are very interesting. The reverse side shows the Netherlands, with birds at the locations of capitals of provinces. the shape is made through lining up the backs of books on architecture by Dutch Architects (eg. you can see S, M, L, XL by Rem Koolhaas)

Also have a look at the great designs for the Dutch guilder banknotes by Jaap Drupsteen.

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