Post Industrial Design is a workshop, quirky retail store and cafe run by artist, sculptor and industrial designer Jos van Hulsen and his wife Mary in West Footscray. Last year Jos has created a special Christmas window display in their shopfront and it was so successful that he’s followed it up with another display this year.
This year he’s incorporated recognisable Westside locations and landscapes to his work, from the giant paste-ups of street artist Baby Guerilla, the silos of Tottenham to the spinning Melbourne Star ferris wheel. There’s little adult in-jokes too, such as the Wonder Woman figurine soliciting on the pavement.
The piece de resistance is the complex Rube Goldberg Machine made of recycled materials designed with pinball machine mechanic John Mason. An old fan cover has been turned into a ball receptacle and plastic milk cartons have turned into ball scoops.
The whole contraption is switched on from 8am to 10pm and you can watch the white ball travel up and down and round the marble run from the outside window as well as through peep holes inside the shop.
What’s nice is that you may be able to catch Jos to have a chat about his work while enjoying a coffee and lunch at the cafe Pod at PID.
The Post Industrial Design Christmas Windows are on display every day from 8am until 10pm until the end of January 2016.