Imagine going out for a walk on a nice day. You’re walking on a fairly busy street when, all of the sudden, you walk by a pile of money. A pile of change more specifically. What would you do?
Lana Mesic, a 29-year-old photographer from the Netherlands and her Airbnb host Jamahl Mcmurran were curious to find out. Lana was in London for an artistic residency. She started her “social experiment” by gathering 15,000 twopence coins for an art project. With this, she built a tower.
The purpose of the project was to explore how value is created. Once the project was over, Mesic had no idea what to do with the coins. She asked her Airbnb host who had been staying with her for advice.
According to Huffington Post, while looking over at a neighboring canal, McMurran suggested to Mesic that she should put the coins on the street.
McMurran told HuffPost: “I said it pretty flippantly, as a joke.” But they were both highly intrigued and decided to go for it.
By 9 AM, the coins were placed in a pile by the canal. The two sat in McMurran’s balcony and waited. McMurran live-tweeted their experiment.
What the two saw was pretty entertaining. It was also an interesting social experiment, seeing the different reactions of people.
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