Bitcoin Banknote For Lucie

Banknote, 2018

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Bitcoin Banknote For Lucie

Banknote, 2018

From LinkedIn: “In 2100, the dominant currency in global transactions is bitcoin, along with national currencies, gold, and silver. ‘Bitcoin banknotes’ are nationally issued. They feature extensive holography, a personalized AI engraved portrait, cusomizable elements – in this case, a forget-me-not flower – wallet data encoded in the patterns of the banknote, and a substrate made of smart materials, capable of behaving like paper, polymer, or hard plastic simultaneously.”

“This design was a testing ground for a series of commissioned works: bespoke Bitcoin ‘banknote’ wallets.

In thinking about the future of cash, currency and ID, I decided to blend all three – the final design is a nationally-issued plastic Bitcoin wallet, with a personalized portrait. Anything can become a Bitcoin wallet, as long as it has a sending and receiving address. Inevitably, the transparency of cryptocurrency will become merged with biometric ID – and you have something that looks like this.

Of course, this design preempts a post-Euro Europe, in which national currencies are reinstated, and ultimately merged with cryptocurrency.

It’s a fantasy design, because the holography is slightly beyond current technological abilities, yet it is realistic enough. The design proposes intaglio features, numerous holographic areas, and an offset background.

The portrait subject is my German friend Lucie, so I imagined this as a German-issued object. Accordingly, the starting point for the design was the pre-Euro German Mark. They’re pretty simple in design, and recognizably German. The series features a standard line tint pattern background, beautiful dense engraved portraits, Germanic typeface, and illustrated elements.

I included all the above, with the illustrated element chosen by Lucie – a Forget-Me-Not flower..

The original version featured a portrait made using a Photoshop filter. Though it follows the topography of the face quite well, I really wanted to include a genuine hand-engraved portrait. The final portrait was made in a record 5 days.”




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