Wow, look at all that money! But wait a minute … take a closer look … oh, you still don’t see it? That’s not a box of money; the whole thing is sculpted out of wood! And you’ve been had by this crafty handyman, who is apparently an expert sculptor and painter!
“My wife told me to go make money,” artist Randall Rosenthal jokingly told the Mirror. But seriously, this realist sculptor based in Long Island can transform wood into just about any sort of texture or surface and have you fooled!
Sound impressive? Wait till you see how he does it!
This crumpled cardboard box filled to the brim with cash started out as a few pieces of Vermont white pine glued together to form a large block.
Methodically, Rosenthal blocked out and chipped away the excess wood, gradually honing in on a faceted likeness of a box of money, though it’s still quite rough at this stage.
Next, he meticulously refined its surface to give it a textured, corrugated look. The level of detail gets ever more refined, while the tools he uses get increasingly fine as well.
Finally, the bills get a base-coat of paint, which will later be finished in fine detail. Even the rubber bands must look real!
“Some of the buried ones are going to be a bigger challenge to paint than to carve,” he wrote.
“I just create from my mind, without photographs or objects as a guide,” said the graduate from the Carnegie Institute of Technology.
According to The Huffington Post, Rosenthal, a former painter and carpenter, always had an affinity for wood. He took three months to finish this awesome “money” sculpture.
With his high-resolution sculpting and painting skills, this illusionistic impersonation of a box of cash has fooled many netizens … were you one of them?
“WOW….That’s all i can say,” netizen dyno dav wrote.
Some of his other mind-boggling wood sculptures include counterfeit newsprint, trading cards, binders and books, and even a box of photographic projector slides. Some of his pieces are sold for five-figure sums!
“Some serious and unique talent. Now that’s something to pay money for,” commented netizen Quinn.