While attending a recent conference about new technologies and ideas I saw a very interesting presentation about a project for Art Prize 2013. Art Prize is an open art contest with takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan where artists submit their entries and art is displayed all through downtown. The art project that the presenter is working on called Penny 4 your thoughts combines technology and people to make art.
The project idea is to have people from all over the world smash a penny and then using an online form send it in with a thought. Then all the pennies collected will be made into a sculpture with all the thoughts that were submitted with the pennies for people to see. The thoughts can be anything you want, it can be a quote or a saying, or even where you found the penny you smashed. When you smash a penny and submit a thought you will get a digital book filled with the thoughts of everyone who submitted a penny.
In the submission form you can put where you smashed the penny and using mapping technologies the sculpture will have a map showing where in the world the pennies came from. This project is very cool and I can’t wait to see what the sculpture will be. This would be a great activity to do as a family or group with kids, especially if you are near the Grand Rapids area and will be able to go to Art Prize to see what your pennies were turned into. To find out more about the project and follow the social media campaign follow the links below.