Yesterday I saw a couple of posts about NuPenny, along with the fact it’s in Wichita, Kansas – wow, art news from Wichita that actually made it national! 🙂
If you haven’t seen it – it’s a toy “store” near the Donut Whole on Douglas. Â I say “store” because it’s really an art installation that uses an empty storefront as it’s medium. Â I had to go check this one out, and get a few pictures!
One of the things that made it extra cool – about three doors down from NuPenny is a locksmith that has a very old style storefront and display, adding a sort of legitimacy to the NuPenny installation. Â It made NuPenny feel like it actually belonged there.
All of the toys and items in NuPenny are downright cool. Â Lots of metal and glossy surfaces, and the design of the toys imply that they all do something interesting!
There’s no text on the items in the store – instead, it’s all written as a tele-type code setup. Â I could identify something interesting was going on there, but I didn’t take the time to try and work it out all on my own. Â I cheated and Googled to see if the code already existed. Â And it does – I’m not going to post translations on here (that takes all the fun out of it for everyone else ;-), but here’s a link if you want to check it out 🙂
If you get a chance, stop by and check it out. Â I do recommend seeing it at night though – there’s something much cooler about it being one of the only storefronts lit up at night. Â It looks inviting, but the door remains locked, so you get the whole “kid pressing his nose against the toy store window” experience out of it!