Presentation Pallet made by Mel Chin
Mel Chin learned that, even before Hurricane Katrina in 2005, children living in New Orleans’s inner-city neighborhoods were experiencing lead poisoning, and the U.S. government was providing almost no funding to address the crisis. He then found this invisible threat throughout the United States. Chin launched the Fundred Project to create hand-drawn currency called Fundreds as a tangible expression of the value of people’s voices, united against lead contamination and lead poisoning. Nearly half a million Fundreds are presented here, on a pallet designed by Chin. The project continues to represent these artists by advocating for environmental justice and inspiring the U.S. government to deliver a lead-free future.
Paper, hemp twine, white oak, bronze, silk, brass, pigment, patina, Styrofoam, wood
Fundreds, height per bundle: approx. 5 1/2 in. (14.0 cm)
pallet: 16 × 87 × 77 1/2 in. (40.6 × 221 × 196.9 cm)
sign: 77 1/2 × 92 7/8 × 2 in. (196.9 × 235.9 × 5.1 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Artists of the Fundred Project, initiated by Mel Chin
© Mel Chin
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Presentation Pallet made by Mel Chin (American, born 1951). Fundred Reserve, 2008-2019. Paper, hemp twine, white oak, bronze, silk, brass, pigment, patina, Styrofoam, wood, Fundreds, height per bundle: approx. 5 1/2 in. (14.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Artists of the Fundred Project, initiated by Mel Chin, 2019.29. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Photo: Benjamin C Tankersley, courtesy Fundred Project, 2019.29_FundredPalletandSignIMG_0069.jpg)
overall, 2019.29_FundredPalletandSignIMG_0069.jpg. Photo: Benjamin C Tankersley, courtesy Fundred Project
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Ornate pallet on which rests approx. 7,500 bundles of “Fundreds” tied with hemp twine. “Fundreds” are a printed paper currency template on which the People of America (all 50 States) have hand-drawn 470,243 individual drawings. Styrofoam and wood sign reads: “WE THE PEOPLE/OF THE/UNITED STATES/OF AMERICA/FUNDRED RESERVE”.
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