On March 6, Ghana’s Independence Day, artist Yaw Owusu was crouched on his living room floor, putting the finishing touches on a new piece. Stretching over most of the floor, the work sparked silver and copper as the sun bounced off the carpet of pesewa coins — the country’s least valuable currency and Owusu’s preferred medium.
The artist moved nimbly, stepping between boxes of pesewas and pausing to arrange another handful of coins onto the plywood canvas. Over 24,000 coins glistened on the board.
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