Saturday, April 23, 2016

Looking at money...

Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt, two women I greatly admire, will appear on American bills.

How wonderful that the US money will no longer be ruled by white men, no matter how worthy and worthy and politician can be but isn't always an oxymoron.

But wouldn't it be wonderful if we also celebrated the arts with our bills.

I always loved the 50 Franc note before the Euro was born. Le Petit Prince, the wise little boy immortalized by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who appears on the other side of the bill. When they were no longer in circulation, I kept one for its beauty and my love of the little prince.

And then in Switzerland, there are sculptures by Alberto Giacometti with his portrait on the other side. Switzerland is once again redesigning its money to make the bills safer. When this 100 CHF bill goes out of circulation, although it is beautiful, it is more money than I prefer to frame.

Money can reflect the soul of a nation. Arts reflect the soul as well. Maybe the next move will be to put artists and writers on American bills.

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