Concept for an installation and campaign to take the US penny out of circulation. In addition to a central exhibition space, street installations are designed to highlight the decreasing usefulness of the penny: parking meters that take only pennies, and cash machines that dispense only pennies. These direct the visitor to the main exhibition, where small-scale displays show every reason to get rid of the penny (for example it costs more than a penny to make a penny, and generates eight times its size in waste material). Below these displays, the floor is covered in pennies (because after all, who would bother to pick one up these days?)
Developed in Kristine Matthews’ Environmental Design course at the University of Washington. Response to the project ‘Make Change’, in which student teams design installations to create a change they would like to see in the world.