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Huge rainbow made of credit cards

Anna Bleker

Credit cards aren’t usually known for their striking aesthetic or transcendent, noncommercial value. Recently, though, a trendy Dutch art museum unveiled a wall-sized credit card rainbow to turn what up-close looks like clutter into a flowing cascade of vivid plastic laminate.

This credit card collage was commissioned by the Graphic Design Museum in Breda, the Netherlands, and is currently exhibited there. The piece includes different types of credit cards, gift cards and discount cards from all corners of the world.

The museum allowed the public to include their expired credit cards in the exhibition: Up until a few weeks before the rainbow’s opening on June 27, visitors could deposit their credit cards in a special bin by the museum counter for consideration.



For the opening of this summer exhibition, the museum threw a big ole exclusive party. There’s pics of the art-loving attendees pondering the credit card rainbow on the Graphic Design Museum’s Web site. The exhibit runs on display until September, 2009.

Overall, I don’t really know what the piece’s message is, but I think that its colors are pretty. I’d pay about a hundred bucks to hang it on my wall. What do you think?

See related: Plastic to Picasso: Painting with a credit card is new artistic trend

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  • Scary thing is: I think I have enough credit cards to make a similar work of art in my home.