Thursday, June 09, 2011

The Singing A.T.M.

Diddy once said, “the more money we come across, the more problems we see,” but this time we have to disagree with the hip-hop mogul. Across the pond in Venice, Italy, the artist duo Allora & Calzadilla have come up with something quite extraordinary: an A.T.M. pipe organ. Once visitors plug in their PINs, they are sung a unique tune and dispensed their money. Even those who return never hear the same tune twice. This functional art piece has become such a hit that lines form outside the pavilion in which it is installed. Reportedly, 100,000 euros were withdrawn in the first three days alone! That is nearly four times the normal activity of an A.T.M. in Italy.

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