“Tin Pan Alley” Portraits by Idan Friedman
Sitting on the tip top of the Washington Monument is an aluminum pyramid. Basically, it’s a huge, sculpted wad of Reynold’s Wrap. Why? Because at the time of the obelisk’s design aluminum was one of the most expensive and difficult to extract metals on earth. The architects felt it appropriately reflected the greatness of our young and aspirational nation. However, shortly after it was completed, Paul L. T. Héroult, a French chemist, invented a process by which to extract the substance from rock, and almost overnight, prices nose-dived. It was good while it lasted.
Artist Idan Friedman recreates some value in the now-humble material by impressing the faces of his friends in disposable pan bottoms. In my opinion, he’s cooked up something delicious.