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    Artist Shreds $1 Million

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    Artist Alberto Echegaray Guevara shredded a million dollars in US currency.

    Artist Alberto Echegaray Guevara shredded a million dollars in US currency.

    Don’t panic, it was already out of circulation and valueless, but through the destructive act Guevara made a statement on monetary value nonetheless.

    The artist lives in Argentina, a place where inflation has been astronomical since World War 2, and as a result, money is closely guarded.

    Economic situations have also made the US dollar symbolic of stability.

    To shred those calls into question money’s status as an object and questions the importance placed on its value.

    Once destroyed, Guevara encased the money in a Murano glass bubble, a work he calls ‘Moneyball: The One Million Dollar Installation’.

    Since making the US version, he’s gone on to acquire the currency of Argentina as well and display it in the same way.

    He says that the process of getting United States money was complex, but authorities did eventually hand over shredded bills for him to use along with official documentation.

    Argentina, on the other hand, was entirely non-cooperative.

    He did some research and learned that the country’s old money was sent to the dump.

    It took some dumpster diving, but Guevara was ultimately successful in acquiring what he needed.