When I picked up a copy of The Coast News and read the front page article about a mosaic of a Madonna I couldn’t help being amazed how religious representations are consistently being recycled in contemporary art form. The article relates the story of a mural that had to be removed from its original place and moved to its current and more visible location on a wall of a restaurant in Encinitas, CA.

MadonnaThe mosaic echoes a primal yearning to resort to images like the one of the Madonna as a form of intercession in order to raise awareness on issues like the one affecting the world’s oceans.

Of course the Madonna has more spiritual resonance for members of the Catholic and Orthodox churches than for other Christian denominations. Nonetheless, the depiction of Mary surfing for a good cause may be viewed as artistically acceptable.

Throughout history there have been innumerable paintings and sculptures of the Virgin Mary, either with or without the infant Jesus in her arms. The Surfing Madonna is portrayed in the mural with her hands joined smilingly in payer without the infant Jesus.

On the same topic but on a different spiritual level, I could not help thinking of another Madonna, the stage name of a pop artist turned media idol, whose secular claim to fame was launched with the video Like a Virgin.

Debbie W., Richmond, CA
Extremely Interesting Read. Deeply researched account of the symbols om the US dollar.
I’ve always been curious about the symbols on the one dollar bill and the little book explains them well. Highly recommend this read.

Peter O., Santa Fe, NM
Good and entertaining… This book is full of historical facts about the symbols on the dollar. You won’t be bored reading it. The author keeps delivering relevant info till the end. And once you’re done reading the book, you’ll never look at the dollar the same way again.

L. K. M., Seattle, WA
Great read! Extremely well researched writing of the history, symbols and makeup of the US currency.
After reading the book you will love the tender you exchange everyday. Highly recommend.

R. S., Santa Monica, CA
Well researched book on the symbols of our currency. Very interesting and revealing aspects behind the history of our currency.

Joanne A., Novato, CA
Everything you ever wanted to know about the one dollar bill. This book explains all the symbols on the one dollar. Who knew it was so detailed? Very interesting!

M.J.B., San Diego, CA
Great Read! Well researched, packed with interesting facts about the US dollar. Quick read.
Highly recommend.

Carl L., San Francisco, CA
If you’re curious as to how the symbols found on the US dollar came to be, look no further than
Michael Rizzotti’s well researched book. In addition to providing the reader with the history and context, the author expands on related subjects such as the Federal Reserve and the dollar’ s evolution to becoming the reserve currency of the world. All in all, a good, well written read.

Ricky I., Palm Desert, CA
Interesting and Detailed. A unique and well researched explanation and interpretation of the symbols we have all seen on ou US dollar. Mr. Rizzotti vividly introduces us to the history of the symbols; and quite interesting interpretations on how and or why these symbols were included on the dollar.