Untitled (Music Box)
Santa Monica, USA: Peter Norton Family Foundation, 2005
13 x 9.5 x 7 cm
hinged wooden box with mechanical parts
Edition size unknown
The Peter Norton Family editions are typically produced in an edition of 2500 to 5000 copies, and are distributed as Christmas gifts to an ever-changing list of associates (getting caught selling one is the surest way to find your name excised from the list).
For this 2005 edition, Marclay composed a melodic loop and had it made into a music box mechanism in Saint Croix By Reuge, the last remaining manufacturer of music boxes in Switzerland. The composition is called Tinsel. Two anagrams of this title adorn the box: SILENT on the exterior and LISTEN on the interior (a possible nod to Ken Friedman's Fluxus box Open and Shut Case).
Available here for $1200.00