Photo: by Diddo
Diddo Velema, a Dutch conceptual artist, has released his newest project, called “The Cure For Greed.”“The Cure For Greed” is an injection kit with two 24-karat gold plated syringes and a single 5 ml dose of dollar ink—literally the ink used on dollar bills—in a custom-made, personally monogrammed mahogany box.
The process of extracting the US currency ink took approximately four months and required intricate mechanical and chemical separation to extract and recover the US currency ink, and then re-stabilise it. The process involved shredding and grinding down approximately $10,000 in US currency.
“Whatever we feel about greed, we can agree on one thing: it exists,” says Diddo on his website. “Whether there’s too much of it in the world, or too little, is a matter of opinion, not understanding.”
Diddo last made headlines with his “High Fashion Protection” project, where he created gas masks out of diamonds and leather emblazoned with luxury brand patterns trademarked by Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Watch the full video of the making of “The Cure For Greed” below.
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