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Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine (or just Melvin the Machine) is best described as a Rube Goldberg machine with a twist. Besides doing what Rube Goldbergs do best – performing a simple task as inefficiently as possible, often in the form of a chain reaction – Melvin has an identity. Actually, the only purpose of this machine is promoting its own identity.

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Yet another Rube goldberg machine but I really love the social media twist for this one.

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In my opinion Andrew Smith has cracked it. As a child I spent hours creating and inventing with Lego, Mechano or just good old fashioned wood and nails. I find myself wishing that I could have carried on doing this forever; that I could make a living from play. Andrew’s recycled, kinetic art echos a mad-max-esque visual aesthetic and speaks volumes in terms of a “throw away society.” I especially like his observation in to the way in which value of an object is defined by how much somebody else wants that object.

“A lot of times as soon as somebody knows you want something they want you to pay for it, when they wanted to get rid of it in the first place”

Check out Andrews work on his site.

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