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Art-O-Mat: Vintage Cigarette Vending Machines Recycled to Dispense Art Instead of Cancer
Whittington crafted his first Art-O-Mat vending machine way back in 1997. It was installed along with 12 of his paintings at a cafe art show. The cafe owner loved the machine so much, she insisted it remain behind when the show ended. That first Art-O-Mat machine sold Whittington’s black & white photographs for $1.00 each.
Now there are over 100 Art-o-mat locations around the world (mainly in the United States) and the art inside each machine belongs to a whole host of artists eager to have people enjoy their work, even if it’s in miniature. Each machine is a gorgeous example of industrial design over the past few decades. They’ve all been restored and filled with everything from tiny hand-stiched books to minuscule sculptures made by 400 artists around the world. Want to submit your work to Art-O-Mat? Click here.
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