Blake Fall-Conroy, “Minimum Wage Machine,” 2008-2010
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York.
This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
ah yes totally mentioning this in my paper
Dirt Poster is a Design and Graphic-Design work made by Roland Reiner Tiangco, a new graduate of a Design School, living in New York. While handling the poster, your hands starts to get dirty, and this dirt allows you to see what’s the poster is all about. Check out also the artist’s Website.
This is the photo taken by Grant of me holding the Cygnet
The second photo is of other cygnets including the one we rescued and the parents back together
Today I finished making my swan, I have to say it wasn’t easy looking at her. It really breaks my heart to think people don’t care about such beautiful animals. And to show people what they are doing is really hard when it hurts to imagine on my own. I really hope that this project opens peoples eyes are to what they are doing to the animals to nature and even to us, we are pushing ourselves into disaster, and we wont point the finger on ourselves.
People have asked me give her a name, but I don’t want to place such human characteristics onto her so I will just call her Mother, as she has her eggs to protect.
So I go for a walk with my friend, Grant. He brought some bread so we can feed the ducks, and because today was quite rainy all the ducks were trying to keep warm.
But there was this one duck that was getting all the bread, so we gave him some, then noticed that there were swans on the other side of this lake. So we walked round to see if we can feed the swans some bread but they were too far away. So we go back to this area where you can feed them, but we couldn’t see them so we carried on feeding this duck.
Once we fed this duck all the bread the swans decided to come over, and we felt bad that they didn’t have any, but they were eating greens from around this cage that blocks off a tunnel that goes underground. The male swan stuck his head though the bars to eat some greens, so one of the six cygnets copied and got sucked in by the current on the water, and fell in, he was crying out to his mum and he was getting washed away.
So We ran across the road where the tunnel opens, we couldn’t see him for ages, and started to worry. The opening where the water came out was too far down for one of us to go into, so we got a stick to see how deep it was further down where we were able to get into the water. Then we heard a little squeak and he was there trying to fight the current. So I took my coat off to get into the water to grab him. So I caught him and handed him to Grant so I could get out.
Walked across the road and gave him back to his mum. He was unharmed and happy to be back with his family. If it wasn’t for Grant we wouldn’t have saved him.
It was the most amazing feeling ever :)
Who’d have known your stomach could double as a camera?
Final show invites and posters!
This is the first mock up of the poster that we will display for the public viewing of the final show.
Our idea came from one of Amy’s earlier project, looking at illustrators, and we thought that drawing everyone in the class in the style of Quintin Blake(sp?) would add a unique and interesting feel to the final show as a whole.
After discussing our ideas with the rest of the foundation team, we started by photographing everyone in a pose, so that Amy could then draw them.
The next step was scanning all the finished drawings onto a mac and cutting around them in photoshop (big thanks to Billy for doing this for us!).
The placement of this poster was based around what would look best in the final result and also slightly based on our friendship groups.
Typeface-Helevtica (100pt and 27pt)