What is "Operation Paydirt"?
When artist Mel Chin conceived of the Fundreds, he imagined the Fundreds as part of interconnected actions between scientists, policy makers, community leaders and artists. The whole "operation" would be "Operation Paydirt." You'll see the name Operation Paydirt referenced in some of our materials and videos. Chin used the word "Paydirt" in reference to a gold mining term from 1873 that meant success or profit. With Operation Paydirt, we mine the value of democracy through a creative collective action with hopes to a strike it rich, in this case, with a healthier environment and future for us all.
Once I have a number of Fundred Dollar Bills from my friends what do I do with them?
Please bundle Fundreds with the Fundred Bundle Bands. Label the Band with the number of Fundreds in the bundle, your school/organization, and your city and state. Then place in an envelope with the proper postage and mail to an official Collection Center.
Why color copies?
To maintain artistic integrity and coherence of the huge collection of Fundred Dollar Bills, the templates should be consistent. By working with the color template made available by the project it will provide a uniform canvas for everyone’s creativity. In addition, the experience of drawing on a heavier weight paper, printed in color, reinforces that you are working on a precious object!
I’m having trouble aligning the front and back of the template on my printer, any advice?
When you send the files to your printer, make sure that the setting for “scale to printer” or “scale document to fit printer margins” box is NOT checked. Also be sure that the document is NOT set to auto-rotate and center. These settings are the default on many printers, so you will have to manually un-check.
Here's an even easier option: We can provide color templates for you. Click here.
What if I can’t afford the printing costs for the templates?
We print templates in big batches and offer them at cost including shipping. Click here to order. If you can’t afford color printing, please simply use black & white. If that is not an option, please contact us and we may be able to provide free templates.
Do the Fundred guards have real guns?
Referencing ‘swords into plowshares,’ a real antique Mauser rifle, used in past wars, is transformed into a functional shovel to serve humanity. With lead in the home, in the air and in the soil, the shovel gun became an Operation Paydirt symbol as a protective and creative work tool for the big effort ahead. Guards protecting the Fundreds have an artist tool, emblematic of protecting the valuable currency of the people, a reminder of the work to be done to benefit human health and the eventual "paydirt" of collective action. I hope people "dig it".