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Ilg-Gotten Gain

Artist John Ilg sculpted a wire-mesh piece which spelled out the word “Honesty” out of 316 rolled-up dollar bills. The piece was received with such public appreciation at the Minnesota State Fair that another $150 was added to its makeup by viewers. It was subsequently put on display at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn., but after about a month there it disappeared, leaving nothing but a trail of dollar bills and a set of muddy footprints leading to the front of the school’s Fine Arts building. Security cameras failed to record anything of the theft, leaving school officials baffled. Ilg said he may recreate the piece, commenting that, “all you can do is laugh.” (JW/Star Tribune) ...The replacement will be surrounded by an electric fence shaped to spell out the word “Guaranteed”.
Original Publication Date: 09 January 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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