... Just HAD to share this masterpiece my brother created ... a portrait of Lincoln made of pennies! He had the idea back when he was in high school. He completed it a couple of years ago and I loved it then, and I love it now. With President's Day weekend coming up ... and today actually being Lincoln's birthday, I thought I'd post it here in my blog.
Here are some random facts about the picture from Shane:
- Made from 1,638 pennies (1,612 whole pennies and 52 half pennies).
- Each row has 31 and 1 half pennies.
- There are 52 rows.
- The pennies are staggered (so the second row is offset from the first row so each row “fits” into the neighboring row), resulting in the need to have a half penny on each row.
- There is at least one penny from each year from 1909 to 2009.
- There is one 1943 steel penny (lower right-hand corner).
- The US mint is making 2009 pennies with new designs on the reverse – there are 4 different designs: Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky (aka “Log Cabin”), Formative Years in Indiana (aka “Rail Splitter”), Professional Life in Illinois, and Presidency in Washington, DC. I wanted to use at least one penny with each reverse design (although all the pennies in the picture only show the front); but only the first two were available when assembling the picture, so I’ll swap out two pennies for the other 2009 designs later.
- I tried to find enough dark pennies, but ended up coloring some pennies (using different methods) to have enough dark and mid tones.
- The pennies are fastened to a piece of pressed wood (masonite).
- The pennies were fastened primarily using contact cement; although I did experiment with gorilla glue and liquid nails as well.
- The picture is fairly heavy, and so I will craft a special mechanism to hang it (once I get it framed).
... as I was browsing Pinterest, I came across an image of people using pennies to tile a floor or table too, cool! Here's the link if you want to see more penny projects!