Snack on Art: A Vending Machine Sells Art

Published July 10th, 2017 - 11:04 GMT
Detail from Martin Butler's "Aliens Built the Pyramids." (The Art Vending Machine Gallery)
Detail from Martin Butler's "Aliens Built the Pyramids." (The Art Vending Machine Gallery)

A group of artists in the southern English coastal town of Brighton are taking their works off the gallery wall and offering them to the public via an unusual channel, through a vending machine.

The machine, located in a club in the center of the city, offers prospective buyers prints from emerging artists for prices ranging from 20 pounds ($25.75) to 50 pounds.

Much like the cans of drinks that normally inhabit such machines, the prints are delivered to buyers rolled up in a tin. Buyers can select their choice after browsing a menu of the pictures inside affixed to the machine.

Helen Heitt, one of the artists whose works is for sale in the machine, said sometimes art can feel like a bit pretentious or a bit unattainable. But if it’s in a vending machine it kind of strips that all away, she added.


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