Irish Artist builds a Home from 1,6 Billion shredded Euro

Ein irischer Künstler hat Banknoten und Euros, die von der irischen Münzanstalt aussortiert wurden, eine Wohnung in einem wegen der Finanzkrise leerstehenden Bürogebäude gebaut. Die Kohle wäre theoretisch 1,5 Millarden Euro wert.

An unemployed Irish artist has built a home from the shredded remains of 1.4 billion euros ($1.82 billion), a monument to the "madness" he says has been wrought on Ireland by the single currency, from a spectacular construction boom to a wrenching bust.

Frank Buckley built the apartment in the lobby of a Dublin office building that has lain vacant since its completion four years ago at the peak of an ill-fated construction boom, using bricks of shredded euro notes he borrowed from Ireland's national mint. "It's a reflection of the whole madness that gripped us," Buckley said of what he calls his "billion-euro home."

"People were pouring billions into buildings now worth nothing," he said. "I wanted to create something from nothing."

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