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A year ago this week saw the launch of the @BTCvsFED campaign which placed 12 billboards in working class neighborhoods of Federal Reserve bank cities. Together, the billboards told a story about Bitcoin, inflation and a growing wealth gap to those who visited @BTCvsFED on social media.
Due to the nationwide logistics, I created miniature versions of the billboards to incentivize others to help get the word out about the campaign. Three artist proofs of the minis were given to those who went above and beyond in spreading awareness about @BTCvsFED. One of whom is fellow artist Josie Bellini who collaborated with me on the augmented reality which works on these minis as well.
Up for auction are the remaining 12 minis - each a 1 of 1 representing its real life Federal Reserve bank city counterpart. These high quality prints are on Rag Bright 300 gsm paper and mounted on 2mm Dibond with a luster laminate. Sitting atop the billboard is a Twitter bird made from repurposed fiat.
I took care to mimic details from the actual billboards in the miniature versions. For example, shortly after the Kansas City location went into production, I learned of shadowstats.com - a respected, alternative measure for the Consumer Price Index. Their methodology for CPI yields a mucher higher YoY percentage than that of the government. The Chapwood Index among others defer to this data for analysis of the U.S. economy. While true CPI is highly-disputed, I chose to use Shadowstats data over the government because it’s the government.
Thus, I ordered a “snipe” (industry term for covering a portion of the billboard with new vinyl) for the Kansas City location and that error correction is visible in the mini Kansas City billboard.
Another example is the San Francisco location. During the campaign I held a treasure hunt to bring attention to @BTCvsFED. Dozens of people attempted to uncover a private key via provided clues. A portion of said key was visible on the billboard itself after I climbed up and wrote it on the vinyl with a mop pen. This is reflected in the miniature version as well.
Each of the 12 minis will be auctioned separately and staggered 30 minutes apart. The highest winning bid out of the 12 also wins the complete #1/50 edition set of my @BTCvsFED bags made from the actual billboard vinyl used in the campaign.
Materials: mixed media
Dimensions: 9.25 in x 10.25 in (23.5 cm x 26 cm)
Weight: 1lb 8oz
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