There are many ways to create art. Some people draw from memory, others prefer to observe and paint nature, some people come up with surreal ideas and put them on paper or draw them digitally, and some choose to create their own pieces of art from existing materials. Visual designer Charis Tsevis came up with a somewhat unique idea when his friend asked him to create a piece of art for a financial institution. He chose to create a large artistic mosaic of animals from banknotes from different countries. From afar it looks like a colorful animal mosaic, but when you look closely, you will see that all the animals and even nature in the background are made of pieces of banknotes. Charis Tsevis used current banknotes from various countries as well as old banknotes that are no longer in use. The result is absolutely stunning and the details will blow your mind.
1. We often hear that we live in a concrete jungle, and this is an interesting play on the idea. If we live in a concrete jungle, these are the animals we surround ourselves with.
2. We value money over power these days, this is how we judge the dynamics of power. The richest animals are those with the most power.
3. We also often see companies choosing strong animals as their logos, so it makes sense that a financial institution would be interested in acquiring art that showcases an animal that is tough but made of money.
4. An artistic mosaic like this wouldn’t be out of place in the bank. It would create a distraction that reminds you of nature and be topical due to the materials used to create the artwork.
5. This series of artworks looks really interesting, based solely on the fact that they are mosaics, but the details of these particular works are astonishing.
6. It’s also funny to imagine any of the financial institutions you know could display these artworks.
7. Will the bank choose to display rabbit artwork because it suggests speed and rapid growth or will it be ashamed of this image because rabbits are considered weak prey?
8. We can see a car company interested in buying a work of art like this because horsepower is still a word that comes up when describing cars.
9. Who do you think would choose the image of the fox? Maybe sly like an insurance company?
10. Look at the details of this elephant. Can you decipher the coins used to create the elephant’s body? What about the blue background? Is this a euro?
11. Eagles have become almost synonymous with America, so you can imagine a lot of dollars used to create this artwork, but what yellow banknote is like this eagle’s eye? Check out more artworks like this and similar ones on the Instagram page of the artist we linked above.