Norway's new maritime-focussed banknotes have earned praise and admiration in the online world for their unusual artistic design.
Earlier this year, Norges Bank, the Norwegian central bank, made a call to artists to design the country's new cash notes with the theme of the sea.
After narrowing down the selection to eight artists, two series of illustrations will be used – one for each side of the bills.
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One side features the design ‘Norwegian Living Space’ by The Metric System (artists Christian Schnitler and Are Kleivan), which displays drawings of boats, lighthouses and fish in a style Norges Bank describes as “open, light and typically Nordic.”
The other side is composed entirely out of pixel art: large rectangles, without any shading or gradients, reminiscent of old computer graphics, by Snøhetta Design.
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The design, called ‘Beauty of Boundaries’, vaguely recalls coastal scenery, yet it is not intended to be seen as a pixellated version of any real locations.
Commenting on its art, Snøhetta Design said: “Our goal is to bring people into creating their own interpretations and associations.”
The designs will be displayed this autumn in an exhibition called ‘Norway's New Banknote Series: The Sea in Oslo’ in Grafill, Oslo.
The new banknotes are expected to enter circulation in 2017.