On the streets of New York, stories are being told every day. Since November 2015, through the hustle and bustle of some of the busiest intersections of commerce and people, a flatbed trailer was seen being pulled by a dark blue SUV. It toured Wall Street, Union Square and of course Times Square; attracting the attention of pedestrians and tourists aplenty. Many people took photos or selfish with their cell phones in front of the art work. The work was an oil mosaic painting of an enlarged one dollar replica, aptly named “One Buck” by its magnetic and worldly artist, a man named Stone.
After 18 years of operating his own multimedia business in between US and China, Stone returned to his art and started painting with renewed vigor. He realized the business world and the art world were very much alike. Everyone loves money. So he began an artistic journey in creating nine pieces of work depicting different currencies of the world. The last one, the “One Buck” took him one year to complete.
As Stone puts it, “Since “ONE BUCK” is off on the streets, I am not able to tell its future nor am I able to tell my own future. Maybe we really do not know the future of our lives, therefore we are just living, we are going, not knowing whether forward or backward, we are just on the road, on the road of New York, on the road of life, on the road destined by our fate. However only in the best street museum of New York can art break through to the forms and walls to exist freely, to be appreciated by all. This is the aim of my painting and also the ultimate goal of the art I am pursuing”.