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Artist Johnny Swing make use of coins in his furniture series

At the opening of the Museum of American Finance, I had the opportunity to speak with featured artist Johnny Swing.1-13-2008-059.jpg

Mr. Swing makes couches, chairs, tables, bowls from circulating clad or other base metal coinage.

Mostly nickels and quarters.

He welds the coins together, and supports them on bars, which then attach to other bars forming the main support and structural design.

They are sold at prices far exceeding face value. As an artist I appreciated the innovative technique and the comfortable form of the finished product.

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