We celebrated the new home of our Stamp Mobile—the beloved Rube Goldberg-style, money-stamping machine—at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore, MD. It has toured all across the country visiting events and festivals from the Kate Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville, CA to the Governor’s Island Art Fair in NYC. Now it’s on permanent exhibit at the AVAM–we couldn’t think of a better place for it to reside.
Ben and Jerry scooped free ice cream for the attendees who came to the big unveiling on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 19th, and taught folks how to stamp their money with this fantastic, award-winning vehicle.
Here’s how the Amend-O-Matic Stamp Mobile works: People approach the machine on the right and clamp their dollar bill into a platen which rides on the miniature blue monorail. It then enters the spiral elevator where the center rotor pushes it around and around until it reaches the top. It then coasts down the winding monorail. On the way it pops up a sign that says “Corporations are not people.” Then it comes to a man dressed in a top hat. As it goes by the top hat and face swivels to the side and reveals that it’s hiding a corporate office tower. Then it rotates a sign that says “Money does not equal speech.” Then it comes to a face of a man. When it goes by his mouth opens and money pours out. Then it comes to the stamping station where the bill is stamped with one of two messages– “Stamp Money Out of Politics– Amend the Constitution” or “Not To Be Used For Bribing Politicians– Amend the Constitution”. Then they take their dollar bill out of platen.