Britta Opel was not going to sit back and starve in a garret, she took action in the form of a satirical comment on affordable art and the need of an artist to earn a living from their art.
I need a dollar consisted of three vending machines, each filled with art works inspired by a theme, Fruit & Vege, Curiosities and Sweets ‘n’ Treats, in which the viewer can select a $2 art work or a $4 art work. Make your selection, insert coin/s, turn handle and an art work drops into the tray.
The art works are made from basic materials, cardboard, collage, pen and coloured ink, but for all that they are interesting and well thought out. The interaction also has an element of chance. With vending machines for confectionary such as Mars or Picnic bars what you see at the front of a line of confectionary is exactly the same all down the storage line, in this case you could only see the art work at the front of the line but it was an unseen art work at the back of the line-up that dropped into the tray.