Fed up with rising national debt, Stephen Barnwell decided to bail out America last week.
He sent $1 trillion bills to each member of Congress courtesy of "The Indebted States of America." The dollar replicas, part of the New Yorker's latest art project , carry an image of Mao Zedong and were issued in "Beijington, D.C."
Part tongue in cheek and part sounding bells to alert lawmakers to what Barnwell believes is a perilous amount of debt, the dollars are part of a growing movement of using art for activism.
Technology has revived artistic activism by making it easier than ever for artists to collaborate and disseminate their work.