The Bill Gates project has no artistic purpose. Make of it what you will.
The Bill Gates project does have several goals. It intends to explore the
relationship between art and commerce and the relationship between the artist
and the Government.
The Individual Bill Gates
Each individual gate contains one bill of United States currency
measuring 6.125 by 3.125 inches and each gate will be placed 6.125
inches from the next gate. The design of the poles, struts, and
bases that elevate and support the bills is still being developed.
The Scope of The Bill Gates
If the $21,000,001 installation is made entirely of one dollar bills,
it will be 10.5 million feet long, which is almost 2,000 miles long.
If the final $254,000,001 installation is achieved and rendered with
one dollar bills, it will be 24,000 miles long, which is almost the
circumference of the Earth.
Installation of the Bill Gates
The Bill Gates will be installed at various venues as it is completed.
People will be invited to come and participate in the installation by
helping to assemble and arrange the individual gates. People are welcome
to contribute their own bills during these installation festivals, but
all contributed bills will become part of the piece and will not be returned.
These installation festivals will be documented with video and still
The Bill Gates Swag
There will be merchandise related to The Bill Gates project
for sale. This is one way to help finance
the project. And, frankly, it wouldn't be art if we weren't whoring
What about the Money?
The Bill Gates is an artistic endeavor. The Bill Gates is not a corporation
or a foundation or a non-profit organization. It is being funded entirely out
of the artist's pocket and your contributions. Note that these contributions are
probably not tax deductible. Anyone who is interested in contributing money
to The Bill Gates should consult their own tax professional before attempting
to deduct any contribution to anything, not just The Bill Gates. No contributions
will be returned for any reason and the artist reserves the right to use contributions
in any way.