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Minimum Wage Machine

Emily Skaer graduated from A&D in 2009, and currently works as a freelance animator in Portland, OR.

Great concept by artist Blake Fall-Conroy. Here's the description of his new sculpture from his personal website:

"The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.04 seconds, for $7.15 an hour (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."

Working my way through college & even after I had my fair share of minimum wage jobs, and know how cruddy it is to work so hard for such a small paycheck. Glad this piece is calling attention to the issue. I think the suits should have to use this machine before they can hire anyone on for minimum wage at their companies.