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Floating rainbow coins at the Mint

By 27 June 2013 11

Sculpture

Robyn Archer unveiled a new sculpture today at the Royal Australian Mint today.

‘Floating Currency’ is a collection of resin coins that were previously used to make coins, and now used to try and make making coins more interesting. Respresented is each standard decimal coin design released since 1965.

“This new sculpture, ‘Floating Currency’, is a welcome addition to the diverse Centenary of Canberra program delivered by the Royal Australian Mint,” said Ms Robyn Archer.

“The creativity and collaboration behind this work resonates with the high ideals on which Canberra was founded, and the recognition of which is one of the aims of the Centenary of Canberra” said Ms Archer.

The concept for the sculpture was envisioned by Chris Mether of Whitecube, who grew up in Canberra and has also recently completed design work for the National Archives of Australia for the Design 29 exhibition and the National Museum of Australia.

This milestone event for the Mint also marks the beginning of a range of improvements for Mint visitors which have already started. These include a new foyer display of beautiful old minting machinery and new way-finding signage, as well as a revamped cafe.

Archer

The photos look quite pretty, and I like the idea of this piece. However, I’m not sure if it’s enough to make me change my position that the Mint is still the most boring school excursion location in the ACT.

Sorry, it seems I’m still holding some grudges from grade 5.

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11 Responses to Floating rainbow coins at the Mint
#1
Rawhide Kid Part312:48 pm, 27 Jun 13

And what has this got to do with the Canberra 100 celebrations prey tell? Decimal Currency has only been in circulation for 48 years. Sorry I still cant see the connection. The mint in Canberra is not unique to Canberra.

#2
johnboy12:50 pm, 27 Jun 13

It’s a canberra institution joining in the centenary?

seems pretty sensible and straightforward

#3
qbngeek1:13 pm, 27 Jun 13

I love going to the mint and checking out the display cases upstairs. My kids love watching the robot arms do their thing.

#4
switch1:14 pm, 27 Jun 13

Should float a few toy skywhale sculptures up there too.

#5
Skidbladnir1:15 pm, 27 Jun 13

Royal Mint really is the most boring school excursion ever.

Most bizarre/interesting: histopathology museum.

#6
davo1011:54 pm, 27 Jun 13

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

The mint in Canberra is not unique to Canberra.

What, is there some sort of weird disturbance in the fabric of the universe that means it’s also somewhere else at the same time?

Skidbladnir said :

Royal Mint really is the most boring school excursion ever.

I take it your school didn’t have the “excursion” where they dragged you off to the police station to meet the local truancy officer.

#7
Rawhide Kid Part33:41 pm, 27 Jun 13

davo101 said :

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

The mint in Canberra is not unique to Canberra.

What, is there some sort of weird disturbance in the fabric of the universe that means it’s also somewhere else at the same time?

Well there is that little old Mint in Perth WA. http://www.perthmint.com.au

#8
davo1013:49 pm, 27 Jun 13

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

davo101 said :

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

The mint in Canberra is not unique to Canberra.

What, is there some sort of weird disturbance in the fabric of the universe that means it’s also somewhere else at the same time?

Well there is that little old Mint in Perth WA. http://www.perthmint.com.au

Indeed, but it’s not “the mint in Canberra” now is it? It’s the mint in Perth.

#9
Rawhide Kid Part35:24 pm, 27 Jun 13

davo101 said :

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

davo101 said :

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

The mint in Canberra is not unique to Canberra.

What, is there some sort of weird disturbance in the fabric of the universe that means it’s also somewhere else at the same time?

Well there is that little old Mint in Perth WA. http://www.perthmint.com.au

Indeed, but it’s not “the mint in Canberra” now is it? It’s the mint in Perth.

Ok, ok, you got me there. But I do like the art work at the Royal Mint.

#10
wildturkeycanoe6:09 pm, 27 Jun 13

“The creativity and collaboration behind this work resonates with the high ideals on which Canberra was founded, and the recognition of which is one of the aims of the Centenary of Canberra” said Ms Archer.

To paraphrase – “I got paid heaps to drill holes in coins and tie them up in string [like a 9 year old could”

#11
Rawhide Kid Part311:35 pm, 27 Jun 13

wildturkeycanoe said :


To paraphrase – “I got paid heaps to drill holes in coins and tie them up in string [like a 9 year old could”

Dam! Wish I thought of that. But I still do like the Rainbow Coins idea. Just wondering if this would have been on the Royal Mint’s agenda despite the Canberra 100 celebrations. I know I’m just a big sceptic. But thats me.

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