Dollar Bill Surgeon (12 photos)

Some people spend money, some save, some wipe their ass with money -Scott Campbell cuts it to pieces with lasers. The piece above, titled Pièce de Résistance, uses $11,000 worth of one dollar sheets to create an over two-foot cube, into which a 3-D skull is carved-out. If you're in L.A., you can catch Campbell's most recent solo show, Noblesse Oblige, in person at OHWOW gallery until 4.22.11.


OHWOW Gallery Website
Scott Campbell’s Website

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  • ALT

    pretty cool…
    pardon my ignorance… but isn't that illegal? I mean, destroying the currency?

    • caj

      it is where I live

    • uberbrie

      your ignorance is pardoned

    • Inquisitor80

      technically it is illegal. however if they know the money is out of circulation they can replace it. and he used sheets of the stuff. you cannot get that at the money store (bank) so odds are the US treasury knows about it and is ok with it.

    • Zebulon

      Yeah, defacement of currency is illegal.

    • MacNCheesePro

      Judging by the look on some of the angles, I think he bent them instead of cutting them.

    • Blake

      This is definitely illegal unless he purchased the 32 sheet notes from the Department of Treasury Bureau of Engraving and printing. Even then, the uncut sheets would not have serial numbers on them. All money with serial numbers will be considered in circulation, otherwise it is shredded. His destruction of the money takes this currency out of circulation unofficially…and is therefore illegal. Chive my trigger a visit to Scott Campbell by the Secret Service. Maybe…possibly…I hope not, this sh*t's cool!!

      • Paula

        You dumbasses are fucking retarded- I like the way the one guy on here who is right gets thumbs down because you fucks 'herd it on duh internets'. Destroying currency is ONLY illegal if the end goal is counterfeit. You cant bleach a one to make a five and you cant smash a nickel to make a quarter- you can however pile up your life savings- judging by the dumbfuck comments, around 20 bucks and burn it in front of a police station- not illegal. Read a fucking book once in awhile.

        Kisses,
        Paula

        • Lars from Norway

          Which books would contain such information?

        • Tee-Boz

          What is it they saw about the Special Olympics and arguing on the internet? Either way, Paula you are a Nazi! And no , we don't love to hate you. You are simply a monkey at the end of the keyboard!

    • Charlie_Cheen

      I would say it's a pretty good guess that these are not real bills. If you look at #11 you will see that they all have the same serial number on them.

      • Rachael

        good eye!

      • DrrpHrrp

        I can only see two serials visible in #11, one is 59802071 and the other is 59892071, so…

        • LAZYN8R

          x2 what DrrpHrrp said..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pablo-Clark/555565454 Pablo Clark

      It's not, since the bills are not yet numbered, they have no value until they are stamped with the serial number, before this, they are only fancy sheets of cotton paper

  • DistractedIndividual

    #10 is pretty damn sweet! I would buy it:)

    • Mr.Milk

      BONES BRIGADE!

    • Paul

      As someone who has a commute to work which requires me to get gas 2-3 times a week, using $22,000 for this pisses me off to no end.

  • http://Stefanhartman.com Stefan Hartman

    God Damn Awesome!

  • Urban

    #6 Reminds me of the Grateful Dead.

  • Brother Maynard

    dollar dollar bill y'all

    • young clean bastard

      dont undestand why your getting thumbed down, come on chivers.

      I would give extra thumbs if I could for the Wu-Tang reference

      • Cpt. Obvious

        Maybe people don't like the song.. Just sayin'

  • Brian

    Whatever. If he had a sack, he'd use benjamins

  • annoyingshampoo

    If only I had enough spare cash to do this ….

  • Miguel

    #1 I seriously hope this guy isn't receiving any of my tax dollars (in gov't grants or funding) to waste $11000. I could have used that 2×2' block of cash.

  • Brother Maynard

    Seriously though, wouldn't this be one hell of an expensive hobby? 11 grand just for materials, excluding the laser.

  • insane

    same place where Obama get his to use as gift wrap.

    • Dick LeGrande

      Try the U.S. Treasury.

  • theminge

    Mad props to the Powell Peralta one…

  • ZING

    especially US currency.

  • phdonme

    Guess what rappers are going to be buying next. I'm sure Little weezy is gonna have a Bentley made like this.

  • benjaminfeehan

    So…he has a death thing.

    • zach

      i was thinking the same thing. kinda hoping he has more than just skulls…

  • mr stuff

    cool as hell but i think the money should have gone to me

  • Paula_

    #10 looks like me.

    Hugs,
    Paula
    – the one not dead yet

    • OGMrWhite

      Trolls with proper grammar suck

    • b-ry

      your better off dead.

      • Paula_

        That's a lot of errors for such a small sentence.

        Hugs,
        Paula
        – the grammar nazi

        • OGMrWhite

          ahahaha after changin it. Working too hard troll

  • Anon

    I wonder what's with his skull/skeleton fetish

    • Henry

      maybe he's mexican

  • nosir

    #4 should hang in every bank in the world, next to the loan application line.

  • Daved

    Cash Rules Everything Around Me…..

    • young clean bastard

      another Wu-Tang reference, my thumbs are yours

  • OGMrWhite

    I want the skull and #4, stuffs not only badass but unique as hell (I've never seen anything like this).

  • Chiefs420

    #12 Should just be called "D.C."

  • LonelyAirman

    I think I can come up with a better use for all those ones…

  • sully23

    Where's HUMP DAY???

  • WoogyMonster

    Home chickens significant other should be a stripper. An endless supply of Washington's to feed into the machine…#1

  • Dylan

    #10 Is that Powell&Peralta Bones? B)

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