In 2001, Guagnini won a $10,000 prize in a Buenos Aires competition for artists. The piece he created in response, Piramide Social, for which he held a competition of his own, reflected Argentina’s economic crisis at the time. He placed a local want ad for licensed architects and engineers, offering $500 to the best-qualified to build a monumental house of cards. About 80 individuals responded. Under the rubric of play, Guagnini not only posited the artist (here, architect) as an eager contestant but also constructed an allegory of the national economy as the arena in which artists must compete.