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Massive 6,000 troy ounce cube of gold dropped into Central Park, New York

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A cube made from 186 kilograms of pure 24-karat gold was constructed and dropped in the middle of the park.
German artist Niclas Castello designed the cube, and although the artwork is not for sale, it’s valued at about $11.7 million.
The gold was purchased at $1,788 per ounce, and the full 410-pound art piece even has its own security team!
The box was positioned at the park’s Naumburg Bandshell venue early this morning.
“[The work] is a conceptual work of art in all its facets.” He said the idea was to “create something that is beyond our world — that is intangible,” Castello told ArtNews in a statement.

https://nypost.com/2022/02/02/a-pure-gold-cube-worth-11-7m-is-sitting-in-central-park/

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  • rte592rte592 Posts: 1,384 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yea sure, anyone proud of their work would have a manufacturer name and karat weight stamped on it :)

  • MeltdownMeltdown Posts: 8,605 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That'd be neat to see in person.

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,198 ✭✭✭✭✭

    After it's been there awhile, they should melt it and use the gold to strike commemorative coins or medals honoring Central Park like they did with the gold bars recovered from the SS Central America. Profits could be used to support the arts for Central Park. Ron Landis or Dan Carr would do a great job. Just an idea.

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  • LukeMarshallLukeMarshall Posts: 1,881 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @PerryHall

    Actually that sounds like a great idea...

    The block itself, intrinsic value aside is kinda ho hum IMO

    It's all about what the people want...

  • RobMRobM Posts: 527 ✭✭✭

    It's hollow and about 1/4" thick. And it still weighs 400lb.

  • 3stars3stars Posts: 2,278 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RobM said:
    It's hollow and about 1/4" thick. And it still weighs 400lb.

    That's the part that astounded me!

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  • blitzdudeblitzdude Posts: 5,284 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @cohodk said:
    Things that pass for art these days. Sheesh!!

    Sign me up for the NFT LULZ!

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  • metalmeistermetalmeister Posts: 4,584 ✭✭✭✭✭

    410 pounds is easy to move rather quickly with the right gear. Does Niclas know what's going on in NYC right now when word gets out?

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  • DrBusterDrBuster Posts: 5,300 ✭✭✭✭✭

    410 i could put on my shoulders and walk it out, thought it was heavier by....a ton

  • davidkdavidk Posts: 274 ✭✭✭
    edited February 3, 2022 6:45PM

    It's a hollow cube. "The box measures just over a foot and a half on all sides and is only about a quarter-inch thick. "

  • MilesWaitsMilesWaits Posts: 5,297 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I dig it. I like the idea and I like the presentation and the simplicity. Regardless of its thickness gold remains beautiful. In damn near any form.
    And I am sure just like your 1976 Trans Am with gold eagle, you had to be there and see it to really appreciate it.

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  • bigjpstbigjpst Posts: 3,029 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @cohodk said:
    Things that pass for art these days.

    I couldn’t agree more. At least it’s not millions for painted fake rocks in the middle of the desert.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I do not see the 'art' that is implied. Though in my eyes, gold is beautiful. I will stay with my coins, nuggets and jewelry.... Cheers, RickO

  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

    At the risk of being the pretentious nerd that I am: Art doesn't have to be "pretty" or "beautiful", or even interesting. We hopefully have lots of those things in our lives.

    Art is often created to elicit a response. Ideally an emotional response.
    If you think it's beautiful, if you think it's ugly, if you think it's stupid. If you immediately thought it was a waste, or if you spent a second trying to figure out how you'd move it. If you thought about the thickness, how cold it looks, how it would feel to slice into it with a plasma cutter, what you'd do with it if you got it home.

    If you thought about it, and it made you feel something. That's art.

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  • ctf_error_coinsctf_error_coins Posts: 15,407 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes it is art ....

    but if I was the artist, I would have made the shape of that gold into an asteroid.

  • blitzdudeblitzdude Posts: 5,284 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Weiss said:
    At the risk of being the pretentious nerd that I am: Art doesn't have to be "pretty" or "beautiful", or even interesting. We hopefully have lots of those things in our lives.

    Art is often created to elicit a response. Ideally an emotional response.
    If you think it's beautiful, if you think it's ugly, if you think it's stupid. If you immediately thought it was a waste, or if you spent a second trying to figure out how you'd move it. If you thought about the thickness, how cold it looks, how it would feel to slice into it with a plasma cutter, what you'd do with it if you got it home.

    If you thought about it, and it made you feel something. That's art.

    Look like a hollow box to me. RGDS!

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  • morgansforevermorgansforever Posts: 8,426 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Must be one heck of a security team, hope they're heavily armed, surely when the word gets out someone somewhere will entertain the thought of taking it. I don't really see the 'art' part of it.

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  • VanHalenVanHalen Posts: 3,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RobM said:
    It's hollow and about 1/4" thick. And it still weighs 400lb.

    If solid .999 fine gold it would weigh about 70,000 troy ounces, almost 5,000 adv. pounds!

  • @RobM said:
    It's hollow and about 1/4" thick. And it still weighs 400lb.

    I'd be more impressed if it was solid, not hollow.

    I'm sure it would be significantly smaller, but it would give a more accurate representation of the density, etc.

  • @cohodk said:
    Things that pass for art these days. Sheesh!!

    I think its more about marketing, for the "artist" and some crypto they're about to introduce.

  • Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,850 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Already stolen ...
    residents thought it was free money for them to have to pay their bills ... how did they ever get that idea?

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Reminds me when we lived in Marin Co. in the 70's and Cristo ran his plastic bed sheet fence into the Pacific Ocean. I was comfortably numb at the time. Peace Roy

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