How many times have you flicked your losing lottery tickets with frustrated flair into the closest garbage can, only to saddle up to the cashier for just one, two or ten more shots? You’re in good, dejected company with millions upon millions of other big-time lottery losers. Luckily, your misfortune gave artists Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was the inspiration to create the colorful and outrageously creative recycled sculptures featured in their Ghost of a Dream exhibit.
Sending a hard-to-miss message about the chronic consumerism that has taken such a great toll on our planet and its resources, The Rhode Island School of Design graduates hand-crafted a unique array of bold artistic creations reflecting our society’s obsession with lofty, tangible possessions using an untold number of losing lottery tickets. Eckstrom and Was imbued their art works with even greater impact by researching the retail cost of the most typical big ticket items that lottery hopefuls spend their winnings on (Hummer H3, anyone?) and used the same amount of losing tickets to recreate those objects.
For example, they used $70,000 in losing tickets to fashion their glitzy Dream Home interior decoration piece and $29,000 in cast-aside tickets for their representation of a palm-tree Dream Vacation (complete with a speaker playing casino recordings on a loop).
The artsy duo is enjoying great acclaim for their exhibit and will soon create a new similarly themed project for China’s Galerie Paris-Beijing using (you guessed it!) oodles of lottery tickets – six hundred pounds to be exact.