My submission to Make Your Franklin. Thanks to Geehoff for pointing out this little community art project. I just couldn’t help myself.
The image is a combination of text editing and Photoshop. I inserted or replaced sections of the image with plain text of the U.S. Constitution, as well as other random substitutions concerning the ‘$’ symbol.
My goal wasn’t necessarily to redesign the bill, but to highlight the fact that currency is an abstraction far beyond our control, often working at the expense of human decency. It’s practically cliché to remark upon the influence money has on human choices, but there’s no denying the enormous impact this piece of paper has had (and continues to have) on human history. The resulting image is a representation of the bill’s effect, not only on our country and the world, but on the human psyche.