Trendhunter declared “Art Vending Machines” to be a trend in May, 2006, which was about the time the first Callithump! vending machine was deployed.
Implications – Art is increasingly being commodified and made available to not only the upper classes. Art is being sold in small, on-the-go formats that appeal to the busy, but culturally-inclined, consumer. This trend also shows the continued popularity of vintage and retro designs, especially in now-simple technologies like vending machines or juke boxes.
It’s probably good that I missed this back then. Knowing me, it’s likely I would have abandoned the whole idea.