Thanks for Dave Bowers and David Sundman for passing this one along. We've had a number of articles over the years about artists and craftsmen making projects out of coins. This project in Pittsburgh is among the largest.
It took a Garfield woman hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands of pennies to create a unique flooring.
"My floor is made out of about 250,000 pennies," said Mel Angst, who was looking for a creative way to tile the floor of Artisan, a tattoo gallery and coffee place on Penn Avenue.
Angst said the cost of materials is just $2,500. "Amazingly enough, it's a lot cheaper to glue money to your floor than to actually buy tile. It's about $3 a square foot," she said.
Angst said the people at a bank where she got the pennies thought it was "the weirdest request they've ever gotten."
She had to find the right adhesive, and some dedicated workers who she recruited on Facebook to trade work for tattoo credit.
"Some days it was just me," she said. "I think the most we ever was 7, but on average, (we have) 3 or 4 people a day for about 10 to 16 hours a day for about three weeks straight, gluing these down."
"People are just shocked that we did it because it took about 300 man hours, which was crazy."
There's only two feet of pennies left to be put down, then the 800-square feet of President Abraham Lincoln's profile will be finished.
"We told everybody who put in more than 30 hours gets a penny tattoo, so we're going to get a penny tattoo when it's all said and done," Angst said.
I grew up in Pittsburgh a few miles from where this place is. If you're ever in the area checking out the penny floor (or getting a new tat), nearby is Calabria's Italian Restaurant. It's basically a take-out joint, but the stromboli is to die for. Even after moving to the suburbs I would still make my way back there for the awesome stromboli.
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250,000 pennies make for unique flooring
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