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Art-O-Mat

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What a cute idea! Those adorable-if-toxic cigarette machines from yesteryear that were originally designed to lure teenage smokers are now being rehabilitated (redeemed, really) to dispense art, packed into little cigarette-pack-sized boxes. The adorable machines restored and repurposed by the folks at Art-O-Mat are making their way around the world, popping up at museums and galleries, bars, cafes, theaters, and even supermarkets! (Whole Foods, of course.) They are made in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which city is home to dozens of them.

There are more than 400 artists who contribute pieces to the machines, which are restocked regularly. I wonder if everything comes out of those machines smelling like the Marlboro Man.

You can learn more about Art-O-Mat and find a machine near you on their website. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

12 thoughts on “Art-O-Mat

  1. What a great idea. I doubt that I would invest $5.00 for one of them but I might. I sure remember them back in the days. Hal

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  2. interesting. not sure it is along lasting thing …but who knows.

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  3. Nice to repurpose something like that. I wonder what they will do with phone booths.

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  4. I could see where buying these could become addictive.

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  5. I just love this creative idea! I wish my dentist had one in his office.

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  6. My friend Vesna Taneva-Miller makes pieces for Art-o-matic. I love the idea.

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