Diamonds are renowned for the highest hardness of any bulk material: their excessive value is dictated by mankind. In spite of this, diamonds are treated the same as any other consumable goods. With this piece I am replacing the precious stone with a less expected 'faux'. I create a diamond using one of the cheapest, most common products on the market. A diamond of sugar melts down, dilutes and encompasses the whole process of consuming, breaking down and ejection as waste.
Money does not have an absolute value, but one that is completely dependent on status, class, attitude and condition at one given time.
You are drawn to this shiny coin, through its holes you can see what you are purchasing while on the other side you become aware of your reflected image: a reminder of the value you attribute.
The Royal Mint supported me whilst at the Royal College of Art London to produce these bespoke £5 coins.
Material (which the diamonds are made of): SUGAR.
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