Couple Builds Dreams From Scratch-offs
July 17, 2013 – What’s a lottery ticket worth if it doesn’t make you rich?
Brooklyn collage artists Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was have found a new way to appreciate the colors and patterns that entice so many people to buy scratch-off lottery tickets, only to have their hopes dashed when they scratch a loser.
The pair have used thousands of crushed dreams – in the form of scratch-off tickets – to create the very things that lottery players often lust after. A boat, a dream vacation, even a Lamborghini Countach.
Their “Ghosts of a Dream” collection began in 2008 with their hopes of creating the three things that lottery players often buy first when they win big – a car, a house, and a dream vacation.
Their first car was a Hummer H3, which they were able to model from a real Hummer sitting in a General Motors dealership.
The Hummer used about $39,000 worth of discarded lottery tickets, which were arranged on top of a wood, cardboard, steel, and plexi glass frame.
Their next project in 2008 was a dream vacation created out of old scratch-offs, which used about $29,000 worth of old tickets, and even had a working speaker playing techno-muzak.
Their largest discarded-scratch-off sculpture yet was actually a dream home made from about $70,000 worth of old tickets. The “home” includes a chandelier, china, silverware, clocks, walls and a rug all made from old tickets.
They completed their dream home sculpture in 2009, and a year later unveiled the “dream ride 5, 6, 7” – a full-size Lamborghini Countach inspired by a poster Adam had as a child.
Though their website doesn’t show an estimate for the number or value of the discarded tickets they used, you can bet it doesn’t cost nearly as much as a real Lamborghini.
The top-model Lamborghini today – the Aventador – costs close to $400,000.
And it should come as no surprise that finding a Lamborghini to trace and use as a model wasn’t as easy as walking into a Hummer dealership the way they did in 2008.
In fact, the couple used dimensions from Lamborghini’s website and other resources to first build a cardboard model of the dream car that was fully to scale.
From there, they attached thousands of Lottery tickets to bring the Lamborghini to life.
The couple organize their discarded tickets by colors, patterns, and even the way they’ve been scratched to mimic the lines of the real versions of all their creations.
Check out the “Ghosts of a Dream” website to see all of their collages, sculptures, and other creations.