In the years between the end of World War II and Mao’s declaration of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, it is said that China’s money was so worthless a single egg cost ¥10,000.
Perhaps one artist in Guangzhou, southern China, had that fact in mind when this sculpture was conceived. Except they got it backwards – it’s a case of a thousand eggs being needed for a single banknote.
The work was based on the 50 yuan note designed in 1980, below.
The exhibition is one of dozens held annually at the Guangdong Museum Of Art, a state of the art facility for modern and contemporary art.
By the way, if you’re wondering how such a carefully constructed edifice of extremely perishable goods does not eventually just tumble into pieces, then here’s the catch: it’s actually made of egg-shaped stones. Now there’s an artist, you might say, that knows how to avoid stinking up the gallery with their work.