Thought for Friday

Selling Air?

Marchel Duchamp once exhibited a small glass ampoule as a readymade titled 50 cc of Paris Air. The object is now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which reports that Duchamp “purchased this ‘empty’ ampoule from a pharmacist in Paris as a souvenir,” in 1919 – and adds that the thing was broken in 1949, “thus begging the question: Is the air [in the repaired version] even from Paris anymore?”

50 cc of Paris Air, Marcel Duchamp

50 cc of Paris Air, Marcel Duchamp

Over on Design Observer I found a very interesting post on selling air. Yes, the stuff we breath. I guess if you can sell old rope on e-bay (it has been done), you can sell virtually anything at all.

Just in case you don’t believe me…

Canned air from Prague

Canned air from Prague

If you want some go here.

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  1. frank miller

    Funny Product. Great Design, but if it’s air it’s not organic at all.
    There actually is an Austrian version too with alpine air in a can. And a crazy German one, with the smell of cow stable. eeeewww

    http://shop.erfinderladen-berlin.de/product_info.php?info=p557_alpenluft.html

  2. I will check them out. The German version sounds dire!

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