Coin stacking is more than just a leisure activity. It has become an artistic craftsmanship that creates mesmerizing and breathtaking sculptures out of coins. In order to create coin stacking sculptures, one must have a steady hand and a great sense of balance. Unlike traditional sculptures, the coins are stacked without any glue or plaster to keep them together. Instead, the artist will have to arrange the coins in proper position so the weight of the coins provides support. In other words, the artist has to create intricate arrangements while defying gravity. Sound like a tough challenge, right?
Well, not everyone has a careful hand and an outrageous sense of balance. And this truth makes Japanese Twitter user @thumb_tani (aka Tanu) an extraordinary artist. Tanu uses coins of different denominations to make use of each distinctive size and weight. He precisely positions each coin to achieve a more compelling effect. For example, he often uses a single upright coin as a base for a complex sculpture. One look at his coin stacking sculptures and you might think that they could stumble any moment. But there’s no denying that the apprehension of a collapsing sculpture is what makes it more exciting to look at.
To add more varieties into his coin stacking sculptures, Tanu also uses other objects aside from coins. He uses spoons, toothpicks, marbles, tweezers, and glass jars to help stabilize the coins in place. You can see all of his breathtaking coin stacking sculptures on his Twitter page.
Here are some of Tanu’s stunning coin stacking sculptures