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Tuesday, 10 March 2009 02:00

Gold Bullion

By  Karin Lijnes

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I am exploring the idea of copying gold or creating bling as a way of exploring the ways in which we consume. In this way, the imagination is forced to consider the original texture and value of gold while also contemplating the copy.

It is just interesting to note that making fake gold has occupied humans for centuries. Last year hundreds of bullion bars at the central Bank of Ethiopia turned out to be fake. Before the scam artists tried to sell them to South Africa, it was noticed that the bars were too light: they were made of gold plated steel. The standard gold bar weighs 400 troy ounces or just over 20 kgs. This 'gold' bullion for example, weighs 1kg (minus the bitten-out chunks).
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