Instead of standing idly by while he watched his country’s economy sink, artist Frank Buckley decided to make a statement about Ireland’s ruinous financial situation.

Prior to Ireland’s economic decline, Buckley and his wife received a 100 per cent mortgage loan for 365,000 euros, despite the fact that he lacked steady employment. Following the 2007 credit crisis, Buckley separated from his wife and he moved out.

Then came the stroke of artistic genius.Frank began constructing a home out of 1.4 billion euros worth of decommissioned, shredded banknotes he received from Ireland’s national mint. A grand statement on Ireland’s economic situation indeed.

The walls and floor are covered in euro shreds and this keeps the house surprisingly well-insulated — so much so that Frank can sleep without a blanket. Brilliant stuff…

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