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June, 2016:

Gallery: The Automat, Virtually

The Automat. A Painting by Edward Hopper, and now a Virtual Installation for the public in Second Life™ by RJ Kikuchiyo, an award-winning VR designer.  Here, RJ demos the beverages and food vending machines for an upcoming event.

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The technology of the time allowed visitors to get a meal without interaction with the food preparation, very much predicting the science of food vending in the modern age.  A coffee was a nickel.  A sandwich, two nickels.  In the age of Hopper, this was a refuge from the urban outdoors, a place of comfort, even if only for a short time.

Interestingly, this was a time when modern design was coming into view, forward-looking and fantastic. Perhaps this painting by Edward Hopper was a reaction to that cold steel and glass society.  I embrace the humanity represented in the view, a single female patron, her emotion and her poise in the face of the new technology within which she finds herself surrounded.

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