The High Line has a new art installation in the form of a literal “bill board” by California artist John Baldessari. Fun fact: That is an actual replica of a real type of bill that existed during the Depression. Woodrow Wilson can be seen on the front of the bill.
Only 42,000 of the $100,000 bills were made, and they weren’t circulated to the public, and most have been destroyed; they’re illegal to own. Marina Galperina notes that if the bill were being used today, it would be worth $1,635,664.
This piece, fittingly in this age of the 1 percent, is called The First $100,000 I Ever Made. It can be found at 18th Street.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 6, 2011