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Switzerland 2021: Illusion & Hydropower
« on: September 09, 2021, 07:03:43 PM »
Two new interesting designs from Switzerland. The first one, issued in late April (along with the Women's Suffrage piece mentioned in a different topic), is called "Illusion – The Bridge of Life" and was designed by Sandro Del Prete, based on a work (see here) he had done before. More info in English, and download links, are in the lower part of this page.

Swissmint just issued another silver coin today, dedicated to "Hydropower". This one was designed by Benjamin Löbbert, and combines color elements and glow-in-the-dark effects. More about that one is here. The coin is the first in a small series – three issues, I think – about Energy (or Energies) of the Future.

Each coin has a face value of 20 fr, but both are surcharged. The "Illusion" piece was issued at a price of 30 fr (unc) or 60 fr (proof); the "Hydropower" piece (proof only) costs 80 fr.

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Re: Switzerland 2021: Illusion & Hydropower
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2021, 07:30:31 PM »
That's all we need, in these days of false news: a non-existent bridge with non-existent people on it, with crumbling stone supports so that the poor people plunge to their non-existent deaths.

I just hope English scientist Richard Dawkins doesn't see that design. He already feels desperately sorry for all those non-existent people in the universe:

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.

Lighten up, Mr. Dawkins. Get a life!  ;D
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Re: Switzerland 2021: Illusion & Hydropower
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2021, 12:02:47 AM »
Ah, but Sandro Del Prete gets about as philosophical. ;)  I just had a look at his website where you see that Bridge of Life too. Quote: "Using the principle of the paradoxically twisted ring, these people perpetually move forward, toward the observer; they are never seen from behind. This figure incorporates and illustrates one of the secrets of the universe: The drain of time in twisted space! Where is the past; where is the present and where lies the future? Examined objectively, where does the path begin and where does it end?"

And if anybody says, hmm, I have seen drawings or "constructions" like that elsewhere ... this is what Del Prete wrote about M. C. Escher: "I was certain that Escher and I were kindred spirits".  :D

Christian