Online currency system Bitcoin was launched January 3rd, 2009 by an unknown Japanese programmer to little fanfare. Calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto, the programmer disappeared from the web altogether in 2011. As the service has grown in popularity, experts have claimed the world-class work of the Bitcoin system was likely the invention of a team of people with a “deep understanding of programming language, economics, cryptography, and peer-to-peer networking” or possibly a solitary genius.
While some would argue that cutting up your money isn’t such a bright idea in this economy, artist Rodrigo Torres has mixed and matched currencies from around the world to create beautiful and intricate cash collages. While you cannot take them to the bank, they remind you just how pretty those things you stuff into your back pocket everyday can be.