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by David Petr
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  • the story

Global Currency

There's good reason that travelers so often hold on to money from the countries they have visited. The design of each bill evokes the spirit of a place and conjures fresh memories of the visitor's time there. Artist David Petr evokes a whole lifetime of travel adventures with this photographic collage of global currency. Petr photographs each bill separately in order to capture the finest detail in every line and feature. He then painstakingly assembles the images, with rulers and national heroes peering out around castles and monuments.

The artwork is printed to the artist's exacting standards onto lustre photographic paper in order to produce its characteristic sharp color and detail. The art is then framed by a Master Framer, using all archival materials to preserve the artwork's quality. Produced in very limited number, this remarkable work will be treasured by travelers and art aficionados alike. Handmade in Winter Haven, Florida.

Limited edition of 20. All prints are signed and numbered by the artist.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
20550
Made from
pine
Measurements
37.5" W x 27.5" H x 1.5" D
Notes
All prints are signed and numbered by the artist.
  • the maker
David Petr

David Petr

David Petr began crafting exclusive, larger-than-life photographic interpretations of iconic objects of our collective past in 2008. Rusted, dented and scratched items rich with patina are common topics explored under David's lens. The steadily growing body of work began with Petr's determined search for captivating objects from antique stores, flea markets, junk shops, online, and across the country. Hand-picked with an almost obsessive eye for quality, his found objects are orchestrated under the camera, often with several shots to create one final image. Shadows and highlights are precisely controlled, resulting in an image with uncompromising clarity.

David looks to find beauty in common objects of a simpler time. By dramatically increasing the size of the objects he photographs, he looks to change the context of the subject matter. His edition sizes are quite uncommon among photographers, creating high demand for his large prints. All framed works are custom matted and framed to give the artwork a long and healthy life.

Recent collections feature collage pieces including souvenir matchbooks, bottle caps, hotel soaps, and foreign currency, painstakingly captured by photographing and color correcting each object individually. The end result is an image that is technically superior than any traditional photograph of this size.

Producing limited edition series of 20, 10 and even one-of-a-kind prints, Petr is always on the lookout for the next visual narrative. He seeks out objects that resonate with the viewer, including memories and emotional connections from mid-20th century. When not searching for a dilapidated pinball machine or vintage cocktail stirrer set, David resides in Florida with his wife and four kids.

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