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.
Artist: Nick Cave (feat. PJ Harvey)
Track: Henry Lee
Album: 45 rpm single
Wilhelm Wagenfeld & Carl J. Jucker, Bauhaus lamp, 1924. Collection Neue Sammlung, Munich.
Design icon & trademark of early industrial design “made in Germany”. The model owned by the Neue Sammlung comes from the estate of French photographer Florence Henri. She acquired the lamp in 1927 following her studies at the Bauhaus and took it with her to her studio in Paris. More: Source