The DNA Vending Machine


I designed and fabricated the DNA Boxes for the The DNA Vending Machine, and art installation by Gabe Barcia-Colombo.

For a reasonable cost, you can now purchase a DNA box, a synthesized sample of human DNA from a traditional vending machine.

Each sample comes packaged with a collectable portrait of the human specimen as well as a unique link to a custom DNA extraction video. The project draws comparisons between "blind box" collectible toys and human genetics. "Blind box" toys are sealed limited edition collectible figurines packaged randomly with many variations. DNA vending machine treats human DNA as a collectible material and also brings to light recent legal issues over the ownership of one's DNA.

Images courtesy of Gabe Barcia-Colombo.

DNA Vending Machine

DNA Vending Machine

DNA Vending Machine

DNA Vending Machine Samples