Some things can be divided for gain and still maintain their value, like a piece of property or a pizza. Wall Street will tell you that other things, like distressed companies, can have even more value when broken up. But that’s rare.
For better or for worse, that’s not the case with art. Finished art, like a bank note, has value only in its unadulterated or finished state.
Everyone innately knows that it’s an abomination to destroy art. This is a taboo that crosses all cultures and one that I believe in strongly.
I’m not sure why this dollar bill ended up in pieces on the street. But I do know that nobody benefited from the result.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.