In drones we trust: rubber stamp currency crowdsourcing intervention

Joseph De Lappe (Designer)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


A participatory project inviting volunteers across the United States to rubber stamp a tiny image of an MQ1 Predator Drone on the back of their money. The idea came after closely examining U.S. currency - all but the $1 dollar bill feature a pastoral depiction of a notable government building or monument on the back of the bills, albeit with lonely, empty skies. It seems appropriate, considering our current use of drones in foreign skies, to symbolically bring them home to fly over our most notable patriotic structures. I’ve made 100's of these laser etched and hand assembled rubber stamps which have been shared with volunteer participants throughout the United States and internationally. To date, over 2500 stamps have been distributed to volunteer participants.

I’ve invited participants in the project to each send me one image of a stamped bill, noting location and date where the bill was stamped and put back into circulation. I will be posting these images on this tumblr as they come in.

This project was made by media artist Joseph DeLappe while an Artist in Residence at in San Francisco at the Pier 9 Workshop/Autodesk Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014


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