ART-O-MATs are cigarette and vending machines from yesteryear refurbished to hold small blocks of wood with visual creations from over 400 artists around the world. Each block costs $5 and is a unique creation. I wish I had taken time to get more but here are the two I purchased:
Each block is wrapped in heavy cellophane and is a standard shape and size with an artist card on back. I wasn’t able to choose exactly which piece, as they are all unique, only the artist.
Artists provided a small preview on the machine representational of the work you get.
It would be so fun to have an ART-O-MAT machine in Fairbanks! I can think of a couple venues where it might be quite successful – on campus (Wood Center or Great Hall), Bear Gallery or Well Street Gallery, maybe even the Blue Loon. I have lots of questions about the reality of hosting a machine, like – could we fill it with Alaskan art, what are startup funds, etc… something to look into and see if anyone might be interested in providing a hosting location. Hm.