Art on the run

BIG WEST FESTIVAL: The vending machine. The lone, graffiti covered companion of the late night train station.
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BIG WEST FESTIVAL: The vending machine. The lone, graffiti covered companion of the late night train station.

She is often cracked, her broken light buzzing behind a faded Pepsi or Coke logo. The last thing you would expect to receive when you enter the last remnants of your change into the slot is an original piece of art.

Most vending machines display forlorn chip bags sitting sadly under fluorescent lighting, waiting for the next hungry passerby. However, at Footscray station this month Art Vend will place a vending machine on the busiest platform – minus the salty snacks. Instead, commuters will find a system dispensing various works of art.

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Sarah Adams
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Sarah Adams is a media, film and television junkie. She is the former deputy editor of ArtsHub Australia and now works in digital communications - telling research stories across multiple platforms - in the higher education sector. Follow her @sezadams
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