18 October 2010

Art Vending Machines

I was reminded about these 'art vending machines' I read about ages ago.
It amuses me the variety of reactions that it evokes, from outrage to amusement,
so thought I'd post it here and see what you think...

"iArtist London enables you to make real contemporary pieces of art.
The world’s first affordable DIY high art sets."

Various vending machines contain 'kits' to make replicas of famous artworks,
such as Banksy, Damian Hirst, Tracy Emin, Marc Quinn, Rachel Whiteread, etc

iArtist Banksy Kit contains one spray can and a A4 stencil,
each kit has one of 6 of Banksy's famous designs you can spray anywhere.

For The Love of God by Damien Hirst consisted of a platinum cast of a human skull
encrusted with 8601 diamonds including a massive pear-shaped one on the forehead.
It cost 14-million pounds to produce... This D.I.Y. replica costs 49.99!

They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery... but is this taking it too far???

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