I can’t stop staring at this money because I know it used to be a few blocks of pine and it blows me away. Whenever I see something like this it reminds me of a quote from an old sculptor:
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”
When this was first brought to my attention, I couldn’t believe my eyes because I’ve never seen cardboard or paper carved out of pine that looked so real. Then I found the progression of the work and saw the labor that went into it. Unreal. Hat tip ViralNova:
A skill like woodworking takes years and thousands of hours to become more than just a proficient at, but this man invested that time to be a certifiable master. His name is Randall Rosenthal and he has talent that can result in mind-bending illusions. The project in the gallery below all started with three pieces of white pine he glued together. What he turned that block of wood into is so cool.
He glued the pieces of pine together as a base.
The finished product, a real wood carving and a fake cardboard box, is an awesome illusion. No matter how long I stare at Old Money, it just looks like a cardboard box.
I’ll leave you with one more thought from the old master: