New Record: Most Expensive Artwork in the World
Have you ever wondered: what is the most expensive piece of artwork in the world? How much does it cost? What is it made of? Up until January 13th, 2021, Leonardo DaVinci’s Salvator Mundi held the title, coming in at a cost of $450 million. Now, beer company Natural Lights Da Vinci of Debt is the most expensive piece of artwork in the world. Natural Light’s recent sculpture is a celebration of the return of the Natural Lights College Debt Relief program, first launched in 2018. The company has pledged that for the next decade, they will donate $1 million to those struggling with student debt.
The $470 million sculpture was recently exhibited in Vanderbilt Hall within Grand Central Station in New York City. From January 14th to 16th, anyone making a commute through the bustling golden halls of Grand Central could take a moment of pause and gaze upwards at the helix spiral of hanging art.
College Debt for College Diploma
Of all mediums, it is composed of 2,600 authentic college degrees, pristinely covered in shiny white frames. Natural Lights explains the degrees were rented from actual college graduates for $100 a piece across the country. Factoring in the average cost of a college education assigned to each diploma, the staggering value assessment falls into place.
The diplomas are “suspended in mid-air” across the 6,000 square feet of Vanderbilt Hall. The work is a testament to the skyrocketing price of a college degree in this country. And more importantly, it is a testament to the excessive debt many must endure for the sake of an education. The spiraling shape speaks to the scale and chaos of the burden created by college debt.
The government’s track record has proven predominantly unforgiving with regards to mitigating the taxing effects of student loans. By the time this piece will be published, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be in the throes of their inauguration. Amongst this new administration’s plans for their first days in office is the extension of “pandemic related assistance on student loan payments.” How much further will they go to ease this national problem?