Bank vaults. They have been a symbol of secrets, wealth and the unknown for centuries. What do we have that is so valuable to us, or others, it needs to be encased in steel and kept under lock and key? Breaching the secure constraints of a bank vault has fueled many a Hollywood movie plot and this speaks to our innate curiosity and greed. Below we look at 10 of the most interesting examples of abandoned bank vaults.
The unusual yet compelling art of Clare Graham is testament to the belief âone manâs trash is another manâs treasure.â The LA based artist creates his art forms by re-energising discarded materials, transforming simple objects, such as bottle tops or tin cans into objects of wonder, aiding our perspective to be shifted from their once lowly state. As he so wryly puts it: âI aim to awaken people to the potential in garbageâ.
As we go about our day, spending our hard earned cash, we seldom give any thought to what that currency represents. Beyond its power to buy us a coffee at Starbucks, we donât often think about what is propping up that currency. However, the ability to have a stable currency is one of the foundations of any country.
Tattoo artist Scott Campbell created some amazing money art by lasering some of his tattoo designs into used dollar bills. The result is pretty spectacular, and they’re an amazing advertisement for his tattooing abilities because the precision needed to create some of them is unbelievably intricate.
If youâre like most of us, and the only thing you can invest in right now is a gold plated napkin ring, then why not spend some of your free minutes, but no less precious, feasting your eyes on these bizarre golden nuggets.
Among the chaos of the collapse of Hitlerâs empire in April 1945 the biggest heist in history took place. Gold bars, jewels and stolen foreign currency with an estimated worth of $3.34 billion vanished from the Reichsbank vaults, in Germany.
The banknote as a form of currency goes back to the 7th century in China. When Marco Polo returned to Europe after his travels in the Far East in the 13th century, Europeans scoffed at the idea that the Chinese used paper for money. It wasnât until 1661 that paper currency was introduced in Europe, [...]
Banksy, the ingenious lovable rogue with a spray can, is unquestionably the most successful street artist of our time. He surfaces from his hideaway every now and then to fuel our social conscience and stoke the leftist fire inside us that so often lies dormant. His work is on street corners, walls, buildings and is [...]