Minimum Wage Machine (Work in Progress) (2008-2010)
Custom electronics, change sorter, wood, plexiglas, motor, misc. hardware, pennies.
(approx. 15 x 19 x 72 inches)
The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 4.97 seconds, for $7.25 an hour, or NY state minimum wage. If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money. The machine's mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank, and pennies are stored in a plexiglas box. The MWM can be reprogrammed for different minimum wage's in different locations.
A copy of the Minimum Wage Machine made in 2013 by students in FACT's Young People's Program, with help from the Freehand Group, Liverpool, UK.