Offbeat
4:44 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

This artist hid $10,000 around Detroit

LA graffiti artist David Choe passed through Detroit on Sunday and hid money in different parts of the city.

On Sunday he posted on his Facebook page that he "made it into Canada tonight but hid 10,000$ in mostly 1's and a few hundos all over Detroit today."

Why did he do it? Answer: "just becuz - why not?"

Around 7 p.m. he started dropping clues on  Twitter.

That McDonald's could be anywhere, but this photo of a couch he hid money in is a little more specific. Maybe?

Choe wrote on his Facebook page that "there was $ in that hole in that couch in Detroit earlier today, but who knows now."
Credit David Choe/Facebook

David Choe is 36, and has gotten national recognition for his work. He's done cover art for Jay-Z and Linkin Park and one of his portraits is in the White House -- which Choe said has a glow in the dark message on it.

Most notably, though, is his work in the headquarters of Facebook.

A screen grab from the ABC News interview with Barbara Walters and David Choe. This is part of a mural Choe did at Facebook headquarters.
Credit ABC News

According to an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters, Choe opted to be paid for his commission in Facebook stock rather than money. When Facebook stock went public, he made several hundred million dollars.

But he wasn't happy about it:

You can't buy your privacy back. Because I was already doing okay, and to have this abstract amount of money, now I can't buy my privacy back. Every kind of news -- Al Jazeera-- is beating on my door trying to get an interview.

It's gonna sound horrible for me to say that money is meaningless but...I did everything I wanted to do when I had nothing. I'm still gonna do whatever I want. It's just that more people are going to bother me now. 

July 2 update at 2:30 pm:

Someone found the couch, and took the money. 

One of David Choe's followers on Facebook posted this photo of a piece Choe did of a guy named Ronnie, who was collecting cans and watching Choe hide the money.
Credit Jeffrey Sines / Facebook

At 3:30 pm yesterday, someone commented on Choe's Facebook post about stashing the money in Detroit and said that he found the couch but that the money was gone. The couch was near the corner of Concord and Lambert at the Packard plant in Detroit. 

Another user commented saying that someone had cut the fabric from the couch. Another person commented that the graffiti on the couch was probably worth more than the cash that was hidden inside. 

Scavengers also found this graffiti piece that Choe signed. It's located about 50 feet inside the plant. 

-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom