Hew Locke, British artist and 'lead artist-curator' of Deptford X, the contemporary arts festival in south east London, has been commissioned by the festival to produce Gold Standard, a temporary artwork on Frankham Street in London.
The work consists of a series of printed posters pasted onto the building and nearby hoardings, with designs that come from paper share certificates, banknotes and other financial documents.
'Fine engravings of gods and goddesses, happy workers, new technology or expansive landscapes and factories decorate and beautify these papers. Newborn companies garlanded their shares with confident typography and classical motifs implying stability and worth. The classical motifs disguise the fact that some of these companies had not even started trading yet, or needed to raise extra funds.'
You can read more about the project in more detail on the artist's website at: http://www.hewlocke.net/goldstandard.html
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Deptford X 2012 runs from 27 July to 12 August 2012.