Artist Dread Scott burns money in front of the New York Stock Exchange (photo via Heart as Arena)

Brent Burket (aka Heart as Arena) has a report on artist Dread Scott’s “Money to Burn” performance in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday:

He repeatedly sang, “Money to bur-rn. Money to burn.” while burning the money he had attached to his clothes and also that of any passersby who had their own money to burn. The crowd was a mix of lunching Financial District workers, deliciously confused tourists, and a smattering of people like me who had heard about the action on the internet.

While the whole post is a great read, I do love the ending the most:

During the performance, a couple curious traders had come over to see the action. They seemed mildly amused. This was a joke, really. They obviously felt at home. After it was all over they went back inside for the afternoon and ushered the Dow down 148.89 points. Burn.

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

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