The Cultural Office is pleased to announce that the Art-o-mat® machine pictured to the right, entitled Carnival, will be coming to our community! Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend small works of handmade art. There are over 100 active machines in various locations throughout the country. Art-o-mat® is the work of North Carolina artist Clark Whittington, who has been creating these whimsical machines for 20 years.
Art-o-mat® is fun way to build public interest in the arts, to provide local artists with a new outlet for creativity, and to connect the City of Colorado Springs to a network of other arts destinations across the country. Collectors have even been known to plan their travels around visits to Art-o-mat® communities!
Through cross-sector partnerships, the machine will be hosted at various venues and facilities (TBD) where tourist & local foot-traffic are high. With enough willing partners, the machine will move to different community locations every 6 to 12 months. Placement of Art-o-mat® machines at these key locations will help to elevate the visibility and brand of our local arts & cultural community, and will provide tourists and residents with a new way to engage and enjoy the arts. Carnival will debut locally during the first week of Arts Month this October (exact date and details TBD).
What do you get?
The experience of pulling the knob alone is quite a thrill, but you also walk away with an original work of art. What an easy and affordable (all pieces sell for $5) way to become an art collector!
Become an Art-o-mat® Artist
There are around 300 contributing artists from 10 different countries currently involved in the Art-o-mat® project. They are always searching for fresh work, so there’s an opportunity for local artists to get involved with our machines, as well as with machines from across the country.
For questions or additional information, please contact andy@CulturalOffice.org, or call 719-634-2204.