The Fundamental Units is a series of high quality prints depicting the lowest denomination coin from each of the world's 166 active currencies imaged, using an infinite focus 3D optical microscope, to vast scale. Printed at the human size of 1.2 by 1.2 metres from files with over 400 million pixels. The hyper real level of detail, beyond normal vision, reveals the material construction and makeup of the circulated coin, marks and traces from their use as tokens of exchange. The work has been imaged in collaboration with the Advanced Engineered Materials Group at the National Physical Laboratory, using an Alicona InfiniteFocus 3D optical microscope.


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The Fundamental Units (Myanmar), 2013
Lot Number 8
Digital print mounted on di-bond
120 x 120 cm (47.24 x 47.24 in)
2 of 3
Courtesy of the artist

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Martin John Callanan
The Fundamental Units (Myanmar)
  • Dimensions
    120 x 120 cm (47.24 x 47.24 in)