It’s an intriguing collection and it was created by Toronto born artist Raymond Waters. The multi-media visual artist creates artwork that explores the relationship between objects and American culture. Waters is particularly interested in the meaning of the term ‘value’ and uses recycled and found objects to create his pieces. This piece is one of nine unique versions all housed in a wood cabinet.
With this collection of 20 glass bottles filled with burned, and shredded American bills, and coins he is provoking a conversation about the stimulus package developed in response to the Recession of 2008, the stimulus package was enacted by the 111-th U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in February 2009. It was estimated to be $787 billion U.S. Dollars but was later revised to $831 billion U.S. Dollars.
Raymond Waters was born in Toronto in 1965. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Communication and Design, he participated in an OCA Painting Scholarship Summer Program in NYC in 1989. Waters was awarded a grant from the Ontario Arts Council in 2017. He has held numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and the U.S. and completed many corporate commissions including Coca-Cola’s Head Office in Toronto. His work can be found in both corporate and private collections around the world.