This vending machine will give you what you need emotionally instead of, y'know, chips

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Intangible Goods

Get the goods you really need. 

“What do you need most in your life right now?” 

That is the question Mark Starmach and Elizabeth Commandeur asked over 600 Sydneysiders in a survey designed to uncover what the people of our city feel they need most.

The top answer to that question? Closer connection with others. Forty-one per cent of people surveyed gave that response. 

This was followed by: Purpose, Structure, Bravery, Spontaneity, Calm, Certainty, Someone who’ll listen to me, Faith in humanity and Patience. 

The local artists have taken the results of the survey they created with mental health professionals and used them to build Intangible Goods; a vending machine filled with ‘goods’ for the mind and heart. 

Each good (which you can purchase for $2) is designed around one particular need – connection or reassurance, for example – giving Sydneysiders a chance to "feed" themselves psychologically and emotionally. 

The installation is appearing as a part of Art & About Sydney and all profits will be donated to beyondblue, the Mental Health Association NSW (WayAhead) and the Schizophrenia Research Institute at NeuRA. 

You can get your Intangible Goods at Pitt St Mall in Sydney's CBD but move fast, guys; the installation wraps up on April 8th! 

Images: Art & About Sydney/Intangible Goods

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