October 31st, 2010 13:26 EST
Germany: Miniature Art Sold In Vending Machines
"An artist who wanted to make art more accessible has installed vending machines across Germany offering unique art miniatures in small boxes.
Lars Kaiser, a 35-year-old artist from Potsdam, said he came up with the novel idea to give art lovers the chance to buy the inexpensive art samples from vending machines around the clock.
He has installed about 100 of the uniquely decorated art vending machines in public buildings, bars and on exterior walls throughout Germany. The refurbished vending machines once sold cigarettes, chewing gum or condoms in the 1960s and 1970s.
I think this is an excellent idea, art should be accessible to the masses.
Art shouldn`t be displayed only in stuffy museums or in upscale art galleries, art should adorn every public building and private residence.
Art sold in a vending machine will remind people that a work of art may be a spiritual endeavor but it`s also a commodity to be sold and bought. In other words artists need to make a living, and we need to support them by gracing our homes with art.
I will probably never darken the door of an art gallery to buy a painting, but I would certainly buy an inexpensive work of art from a vending machine.
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