E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum

Owen Mortensen
Country
Born 1975, Utah; Residing Utah
Dimensions
33.25 x 33.25 x 2 in.
Medium
Coins mounted on matboard

There are variations in patina in each of the 900 pennies in this work; some are a shiny copper and others have aged to a deep brown. However, each holds the same value. Besides its monetary value, the penny serves another symbolic purpose—the penny was the first United States coin to declare "In God we trust."

"The belief that all people, regardless of race, age, gender, education, or economic position, are children of God is one of the foundational tenets of faith."