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 (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.

Thomas Bayrle, $, 1980, Cartolina, llapis, cotxes de plàstic, 84 x 64 x 8 cm, Col·lecció privada.