200712pennies.jpgHave you seen the copper-toned glow emanating from Rockefeller Center? It's not The Tree...it's a penny harvest field! The installation is the first phase of Penny Harvest, and the copious coins came from students in NYC who have collected $1 million in change. The pennies will later go to different charities and towards improving the students communities.

New York first lady Silda Wall Spitzer joined hundreds of public school children on Monday to unveil a mass of $1 million in pennies collected for charity. The display, called the Penny Harvest Field, includes an estimated 100 million pennies -- plus a few nickels, dimes and quarters that slipped in by mistake.

The cents are sprawled across an area the size of one city block, contained in a 30' x 165' display that was designed by architect James Polshek. More photos are here (here's one of the pennies arriving), and you can see it in person through the end of the year...when hopefully all of the pennies will still be accounted for. This sort of reminds us of that time Kevin Federline tried to save the penny and Ocean Spray made a cranberry bog in Rock Center.

Photo via mihalis's flickr.