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Creating amazing gold objects through Science

Science World has created something amazing in gold.

They have taken 2 ounces of gold and plated a billboard that is 200 square feet. In the summer of 2010 they created a gold billboard for promotion of a exhibit.

2 oz gold covers billboard

22 Karat gold billboard - Bling! Bling!
It might be a little hard to wear around your neck, but to help raise awareness for Science World's current Treasures exhibit, they produced this billboard made out of real 22 karat gold to communicate the fact that only 2 oz. of gold can cover 200 sq. ft -- which also happens to be the size of this billboard.

It was on display for the Science World Treasures Exhibit in 2010 and people didn't  even think about stealing it because a Paladin security guard was tanding by it around the clock.

Oh, and also the gold is pounded so thin that it'll literally disintegrate into thin air if you tried to chip it off.
2oz gold covers billboard
The Treasures exhibit ran all summer long in 2010.

We thought that instead of telling people how great gold and diamonds are, why don't we demonstrate it, said Rethink's art director Carson Ting, who was part of the group that came up with the concept.

After verifying through credible sources including Science World that two ounces of gold can indeed cover a billboard, Rethink asked Brain Dedora, a well-renowned gilder, to complete the project.

The billboard costs about $11,000 and has a security guard stationed beside it for 24 hours, up until Friday when it'll be taken down.
This gold on the board is so thin that if you try to scrape a piece of it, it'll disintegrate into thin air, said Ting.

Our gold findings are not even close to this size, nor are they plated but we found this article pretty amazing nonetheless! What it does do though is confirms something.

It just goes to show you that creating something in gold is just limited to your imagination!

A news article from 24HRS:

Some more facts about gold:
Very few chemicals can attack gold, so that’s why it keeps it shine even when buried for 1000’s of years.
75% of all gold ever produced has been extracted since 1910; much of the gold mined throughout history is still in circulation in one form or another.
Gold is one of the heaviest metals in the world. For example, it is 19,3 times as heavy as water. One cubic meter weights some 19.300 kilogram.
Out of one ounce of gold (app. 31 gram) one can make a wire almost 100 kilometer long.
The word Gold derives from the Old English word Gelo meaning yellow.
In 2008 China overtook South Africa as the world's largest gold producer, the first time since 1905 that South Africa has not been the largest.
Switzerland was the last country to tie its currency to gold; it backed 40% of its value until the Swiss joined the International Monetary Fund in 1999.
Although the price of some platinum group metals can be much higher, gold has long been considered the most desirable of precious metals and its value has been used as the standard for many currencies in history.
Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be moulded with the hands.
According to some, there’s enough gold in the Earth’s crust to cover the entire land surface knee-deep.
Gold melts at 1064.43° Centigrade. It can conduct both heat and electricity and it never rusts.
Due to its high value, most gold discovered throughout history is still in circulation. However, it is thought that 80% of the world’s gold is still in the ground.
Seventy-five percent of all gold in circulation has been extracted since 1910.
A medical study in France during the early twentieth century suggests that gold is an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
Gold is so pliable that it can be made into sewing thread. An ounce of gold can be stretched over 50 miles.
Gold is edible. Some Asian countries put gold in fruit, jelly snacks, coffee, and tea. Since at least the 1500s, Europeans have been putting gold leaf in bottles of liquor, such as Danziger Goldwasser and Goldschlager. Some Native American tribes believed consuming gold could allow humans to levitate.
Traditionally, investors try to preserve their assets during hard economic times by investing in precious metals, such as gold and silver. The World Gold Council released a report in February 2009 that indicated the demand for gold rose sharply in the last half of 2008.
The Dow/Gold ratio, which shows how much gold it would take to buy one share of the Dow, is a good indicator of how bad a recession is. In early 2009, the Dow/Gold ratio appeared to be heading toward the same low ratios that occurred during the 1930s and 1980s.
Gold is chemically inert, which also explains why it never rusts and does not cause skin irritation. If gold jewelry irritates the skin, it is likely that the gold was mixed with some other metal.
One cubic foot of gold weighs half a ton. The world’s largest gold bar weighs 200 kg (440 lb).
In 2005, Rick Munarriz queried whether Google or gold was a better investment when both seemed to have equal value on the stock market. By the end of 2008, Google closed at $307.65 a share, while gold closed the year at $866 an ounce.
The last time Olympic gold medals were entirely of gold was in 1912
The Olympic gold medals awarded in 1912 were made entirely from gold. Currently, the gold medals just must be covered in six grams of gold.
The Incas thought gold represented the glory of their sun god and referred to the precious metal as “tears of the Sun.” Because gold was not yet used for money, the Inca’s love of gold was purely aesthetic and religious.
Around 1200 B.C., the Egyptians used unshorn sheepskin to mine for gold dust from the sands of the Black Sea. This practice is most likely the inspiration for the “Golden Fleece.”
In ancient Egypt, gold was considered the skin or flesh of the gods, particularly the Egyptian sun god Ra. Consequently, gold was unavailable to anyone but the pharaohs, and only later to priests and other members of the royal court. The chambers that held the king’s sarcophagus was known as the “house of gold.”
The Turin Papyrus shows the first map of a gold mine in Nubia, a major gold producer in antiquity. Indeed, the Egyptian word for gold was “nub,” from gold-rich Nubia. While Egyptian slaves often suffered terribly in gold mines, Egyptian artisans who made gold jewelry for the nobles enjoyed a high, almost priestly status.
The Greeks thought that gold was a dense combination of water and sunlight.
The chemical symbol for gold is Au, from the Latin word aurum meaning “shining dawn” and from Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn. In 50 B.C., Romans began issuing gold coins called the Aureus and the smaller solidus.
When honking geese alerted the Romans that the Gauls were about to attack the temple where the Romans stored their treasure, the grateful Roman citizens built a shrine to Moneta, the goddess of warning. The link between rescued treasure and Moneta led many centuries later to the English words “money” and “mint.”
Between A.D. 307 and 324, the worth of one pound of gold in Rome rose from 100,000 denarii (a Roman coin) to 300,000 denarii. By the middle of the fourth century, a pound of gold was worth 2,120,000,000 denarii—an early example of runaway inflation, which was partly responsible for the collapse of the Roman Empire.
Venice introduced the gold ducat in 1284 and it became the most popular gold coin in the world for the next 500 years. Ducat is Latin for “duke.” It is the currency used in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and is referenced in The Merchant of Venice. In his song “I Ain’t the One,” rapper Ice Cube sings that “he’s getting juiced for his ducats.” The ducat is also used in the “Babylon 5” sci-fi series as the name of the Centauri race’s money.
Originally the U.S. mint made $2.50, $10, and $15 coins of solid gold. Minting of gold stopped in 1933, during the Great Depression.
The San Francisco 49ers are named after the 1849 Gold Rush miners.
Gold and copper were the first metals to be discovered by humans around 5000 B.C. and are the only two non-white-colored metals.
The value of gold has been used as the standard for many currencies. After WWII, the United States created the Bretton Woods System, which set the value of the U.S. dollar to 1/35th of a troy ounce (888.671 mg) of gold. This system was abandoned in 1971 when there was no longer enough gold to cover all the paper money in circulation.
The world’s largest stockpile of gold can be found five stories underground inside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s vault and it holds 25% of the world's gold reserve (540,000 gold bars). While it contains more gold than Fort Knox, most of it belongs to foreign governments.
The “troy ounce” of gold comes from the French town of Troyes, which first created a system of weights in the Middle Ages used for precious metals and gems. One troy ounce is 480 grains. A grain is exactly 64.79892 mg.
The gold standard has been replaced by most governments by the fiat (Latin for “let it be done”) standard. Both Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson strongly opposed fiat currency. Several contemporary economists argue that fiat currency increases the rate of boom-bust cycles and causes inflation.
Only approximately 142,000 tons of gold have mined throughout history. Assuming the price of gold is $1,000 per ounce, the total amount of gold that has been mined would equal roughly $4.5 trillion.
The United States alone circulates or deposits over $7.6 trillion, suggesting that a return to the gold standard would not be feasible. While most scholars agree a return to a gold standard is not feasible, a few gold standard advocates (such as many Libertarians and Objectivists), argue that a return to a gold standard system would ease inflation risks and limit government power.
The first recorded gold ever discovered in the United States was was a 17-pound nugget found in Cabarrus, North Carolina. When more gold was discovered in Little Meadow Creek, North Carolina, in 1803, the first U.S. gold rush began. In 1848, while building a saw mill for John Sutter near Sacramento, California, John Marshal discovered flakes of gold. This discovery sparked the California Gold Rush and hastened the settlement of the American West.
In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 which outlawed U.S. citizens from hoarding gold. Owning gold (except for jewelers, dentists, electricians, and other industry workers) was punishable by fine up to $10,000 and/or ten years in prison.
The purity of gold is measured in carat weight. The term “carat” comes from “carob seed,” which was standard for weighing small quantities in the Middle East. Carats were the fruit of the leguminous carob tree, every single pod of which weighs 1/5 of a gram (200 mg).
Carat weight can be 10, 12, 14, 18, 22, or 24. The higher the number, the greater the purity. To be called “solid gold,” gold must have a minimum weight of 10 carats. “Pure gold” must have a carat weight of 24, (though there is still a small amount of copper in it). Pure gold is so soft that it can be molded by hand.