What do you think about when you find a penny on the ground?
Chances are your thoughts surrounding dirty pennies on the ground don’t revolve around beauty, art, and expression. But Michael Worthington’s do.
In the past decade, Worthington has found and picked up more than 400 pennies from various locations. Of course, he’s got some standards – they are all “lucky pennies.” In other words, all the pennies he’s picked up are found lying face up.
When Worthington began collecting his lucky pennies, he was feeling anything but himself. Unemployed and looking for something to fill his time, he took note of the amazing amount of loose change littering the streets of the city.
He was shocked that in a city so full of wealth, glitz, and glamour so much money could be just lying on the ground. That’s when the artistic genius kicked in.
Self-described urban folk-artist, Worthington has been crafting 4×4-inch paintings with the pennies as the focal point. The little works of art are palm-sized, just like a coin should be. And the subject matter of each piece is based on the location in which the penny was found.
So far, there are almost 90 “Lucky Penny Paintings” completed with many in private collections or displayed in the artist’s own home in DUMBO. Twenty-five are currently exhibited at Cobble Hill’s Smith Hanten, a real estate firm.
Worthington plans to continue this project until he stops finding pennies.
If you’d like to see Michael Worthington’s work on display, visit Smith Hanten at 165 Smith Street at Wyckoff in Cobble Hill. The paintings will be on display through September 30.
The Brooklyn Paper, “Penny for Art”