“Monument for East Vancouver”
“Monument for East Vancouver is a nod to the street image circulated in East Vancouver for decades. The image has multiple associations, including religion and irreverence, and is an assertion of eastside identity.”
Ken Lum, beloved Vancouver artist, former head of the studio art graduate program at University of British Columbia, professor in Paris, Munich, San Francisco and Hangzhou. Curator, editor, published author, and exhibited at Biennales around the globe. Creator of the Monument for East Vancouver erected at the corner of East 6th Avenue at Clark Drive, Ken Lum now brings his iconic piece to your pocket.
When you purchase the Ken Lum penny you will be contributing to BC Children's Hospital. Click to visit their site to learn more about this important organization.
“Let fate help you decide, just flip the coin.”
Long an expat in Europe, Jerszy Seymour has roots in Vancouver and is rumoured to have been named after the local Mount Seymour. Living in London, Berlin and Milan, Seymour has produced work characterized by fun, wit, humour and innovative use of materials and has exhibited at the Vitra Design Museum and Pompidou Center among others. He has designed for Swatch, Perrier, and Magis and now this PennySmash penny, which aims to help you make up your mind.
*This is a rare two-sided press.
“A reminder that you have the power within to make your wishes come true.”
Ian is co-founder and Creative Director of Rethink, one of Canada's brightest creative agencies. Ian has been ranked the number one art director in the country for the past decade. Working across a broad spectrum of disciplines, his influence can be witnessed in art, design, interactive and advertising. With this penny, Ian reminds us all that we are the masters of our own destiny.
“I like to use wearables as a starting point. This design is a pattern to make your own squished penny buttons.”
Seeking out spaces between art and design, performance and daily life, Natalie's work begins at the intersection of human needs and gratuitous objects. Founder of the clothing line Hunt & Gather, the Makeshift Project, and Thing to Thing, Natalie has shown work around the world. Always smashing boundaries, she proves even a penny can be transformed from currency to fastener and accessory.
citizen brand proudly presents PennySmash, a project that hijacks the familiar souvenir penny press to produce truly affordable works of art. For just $2.01, fans can purchase new work by Ken Lum, Jerszy Seymour, Ian Grais and Natalie Purschwitz.
Marrying conceptual art with accessible design, PennySmash is a locally produced counterpoint to the generic mementos of our time. When you buy a PennySmash penny you not only receive a unique piece of artwork by a celebrated artist or designer, you also take part in the production process. Equal parts art piece, souvenir and experience, PennySmash is an indelible reminder of where you were and when.
The first PennySmash machine was launched in Toronto, and was recently added to the permanent collection of the Design Exchange. Full sets of pennies from all machines are available at pennysmash.ca.