Monday, 18th July 2012. 6:30 a.m. The date when "At€nea" project started. I board a plane to Frankfurt. Later, a train takes me to Hauptbanhof, it's only 10 minutes walking to the €UROTOWER, European Central Bank headquarters.
I stare at the 'men and women in black' coming with their briefcases. This morning takes place the Governing Council. Discreetly, I pass the first control. I try to get into the hall. Three security officers appear and block the entrance.
I go to Willy Brandt square again and find out that the Central Bank has a souvenir store. I enter, it's full of all kinds of merchandising related to €uros. In a corner there is a shelf displaying some plastified packs. Their labels state Wechsel-Geld (Change-Money).
-"Entschuldigung, was sind dieses Paket?" (Excuse me, what are these packs?)
- "Das sind fehlerhaftes 50.000 €uro banknotes" (They are 50.000€ in misprinted bills)
-"Was kostet das?" (How much are them?)
This is the story of 50.000€ that, in summer 2012, I carried from the European Central Bank to the Parthenon in Athens. From the speculative financial temple to the temple of art and wisdom