Icons of economics meet figures from comics for Italian artist Alessandro Rabatti‘s ‘Facebank’ series. by reworking selected parts of the U.S dollar bill, British pound sterling and Yuan/Renminbi banknotes, Rabatti has formed a series of altered figures which aim to reflect the value money and incite a discussion about the current economic crisis.


The faces on the notes, including well known figures like Abraham Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth II, are taken apart and reassembled wearing superhero masks, since, Rabatti notes, ‘ironically they are perceived to be the only possible saviors who could save us out of the crisis.’ Flash, Catwoman and Captain America are a few of the comic book figures reworked onto the images of presidents and royals, with colorful gold imagery and motifs creating a bold composition for each. The series aims to give a face to the idea of power, one that is more and more characterized by a disarming loss of faith from the general public.


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Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.

He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.

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