Gallery: Art-O-Mat: Vintage Cigarette Vending Machines Recycled to Disp...

Want to submit your work to Art-O-Mat? Click here.

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.

via Laughing Squid


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1 Comment

  1. Marie Maestas September 27, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Very resourceful. People just love works of art especially when it was created during their generation. This is a way of preserving art for ages. Different generations of art from over hundreds of different artists combined in a various vending machines.

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