Part of the Amsterdam Urban Play is a series of art installations including a sentence made out of 250,000 euro cents coins by Stefan Sagmeister. Entitled “obsessions make my life worse and my work better” – the process of creating the art was indeed obsessive laying out all of the coins over several days. It was understood that people would add and take coins thus interacting with the art and changing it. Well that is what they thought but instead the police removed it. Below is the story from Stefan from Droog design who commissioned the piece. I think it made the piece even more interesting not less. The unexpected interaction creates something else.this is a great story please read….
Here they are all carefully laying out all the coins.
“After waking up a bit groggy from the festivities of the Urban Play opening party last night, I went for a walk around the installation sites to see how they had progressed after their first night in the public realm, and, well, I got a little more than I had expected when looking for Stefan Sagmeister’s piece: it was gone.
I had asked Stefan to create a new work for Urban Play, and his piece – a sentence designed using 250,000 Euro cent coins – blew me and everyone away each day as it progressed. I had expected a certain ebb and flow to take place within the piece, which is of course the point of the entire Urban Play project, but to have the entire thing completely disappear overnight was more than anyone had expected. After recovering from the shock, I did some research and discovered that the story behind its removal was stranger than anything I could have imagined.
It seems that the Amsterdam police were called by a resident of one of the overlooking buildings early Sunday morning to report that someone was “stealing an artwork”. As the story goes, people were pocketing a few of the coins, which was also expected, but things got a bit out of hand when a resident saw this happening. So the police responded, and, in a rather bizarre instance of police efficiency, they proceeded to “secure” the artwork, by sweeping up the entire installation.” Scott Burnham
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anjens/ for more photos to watch the bizarre events evolve