Beauty is in the Eye of the Lottery Ticket Holder, or Is It?
Ghost of a Dream
Have you ever wondered why lottery tickets are always printed on pretty colored paper? Maybe it’s so that the ticket holder can tell the difference between their lottery ticket and a random piece of scrap paper, or perhaps it’s so that people can at least create beautiful artwork with the losing tickets. Hey, all those lost tickets should be at least good for something right? Why not create art with it!
The lottery ticket is quite the art medium. For two Rhode Island School of Design Graduates, Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom, it proves that just because the lottery ticket is a loser doesn’t mean it can’t be valuable.
The Team behind Ghost of a Dream
The married couple did a fascinating interview with Untapped Cities where they discussed the motivation and inspiration behind their Ghost of a Dream: Dream Vacation series. In the series, the artists take thousands of dollars’ worth of used lottery tickets to construct a particular dream.
The above piece is entitled “Dream Vacation” and the couple estimated that it would take approximately $29,000 for you to take your family on a dream vacation. The entire piece is covered in used lottery tickets.
The above installation, called “Dream Home” used $70,000 worth of lottery tickets alone! The couple has also taken to covering luxury vehicles in the discarded tickets.
They covered the “Dream Car” (the Hummer) in $39,000 worth of discarded tickets. No dollar amount was given for “Dream Ride”.
Also in the Untapped Cities article, it shows their “Price of Happiness” mural that is featured in the No Longer Empty exhibition which was held at the abandoned Bank of Manhattan. The installation was meant as a commentary on the housing issues both the American people and the citizens of China were currently facing at the time in 2011. The installation was comprised of our losing lottery tickets and the Buddhist afterworld money.
In stark contrast to Ghost of a Dream where the artists combine the lottery with people’s dreams, one artist reminds us that scratch offs are just trash.
In two days, David Jelinek’s luck seemed to disappear. First, he and his wife decided to divorce, and that very weekend, a car hit him while he was trying to flag down a taxi. As a result of the accident, he lost all hearing in his right ear and a large amount of spinal fluid and spent the next ten days recovering in the hospital.
When he was released from the hospital, he noticed a crumpled lotto scratch off on the ground. Since then he has begun collecting discarded scratch-offs. So much so, he was able to fill three suitcases.
From there, he created the installation entitled “Money Down” which was displayed at the Andrew Edlin Gallery in 2013.
I, myself, don’t see this as artful… Just garbage in a room. But, who am I?
Slick Oil Paintings
Another artist who turned to the world of the lottery for inspiration is Hugo Kobayashi. His work was featured in the Hang Art Gallery in September of 2010. The installation was called “Nothing for Something” and featured 16” x 32” oil paintings of crumpled lottery tickets and scratch-offs.
You can view more of his work here.
Who knew lotteries could be so inspirational to the art community. Whether it is speaking out on social problems or reminding us that lottery tickets can be more of a waste of money than they are worth, there is one thing to be gathered from these artists—people are attracted to the neon colors and the allure of just the possibility of winning copious amounts of money. With that kind of appeal, the lottery is not going away anytime soon.
You have to see this inspiring lottery ticket art. Save those losing lottery tickets and create some exciting things as these people have!
Lottery Ticket Art
‘Don’t Fret’ Created Artistic Lotto Tickets to Let Scratchers Win His Works
The odds of winning money off your lotto tickets are very low, but for some reason people still buy them week after week because they don’t want to completely diminish that slight chance they have of winning. Dont’ Fret’s lottery tickets however, give people a 1 in 50 chance of winning.
Unfortunately, the Chicago-based artist isn’t offering up the big bucks, but if you are an art enthusiast, you would probably be more inclined to buy this type of ticket. He made a series of 50 hand-painted tickets called ‘Don’t Fret Scratch Off Lotto Tickets’ priced at $25 each.
The tickets conceal hidden numbers beneath their paint, which reveal if they are winners or not. The winners, who will be announced on June 1st, will receive an edition of the artist’s brand new ‘Don’t Fret screenprint set.’
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