The answer to these questions came in this morning's New York TIMES, which reported that it was a temporary art installation. The pumps, which will actually run eight hours a day, are the work of Josephine Meckseper, pictured above, who wants to get people thinking about oil, commerce and consumerism. The exhibit is certainly well timed with spiking oil prices making headlines yet again. It's just too bad they are not producing actual oil, which we could use apparently. Meckseper's though-provoking "pumps" will be operating until May.