An unemployed Irish artist has built a home from the shredded remains of 1.4 billion Euros ($1.85 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.
The home consists of a living room, bathroom and bedroom, with patio, kitchen and money shower soon to come. The whole project is set to be completed within seven weeks. In the meantime visitors are encouraged to see the work in progress.
Actual construction hasn’t cost much. The largest expense was 35€ on as-yet unused wallpaper and the lumber was donated by a building supplier.
(Sources: agencies and newspapers)