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February 23rd, 2009

Micah Lexier (born 1960). A work of art in the form of a quantity of coins equal to the number of months of the statistical life expectancy of a child born January 6, 1995.

Some artists may think of their works like children, but an artwork currently installed on the 5th Floor of the AGO takes this to a whole other level. In 1995, Toronto (via Winnipeg) artist Micah Lexier created A work of art in the form of a quantity of coins equal to the number of months of the statistical life expectancy of a child born January 6, 1995. It consists of two boxes of coins, with each coin inscribed with this title as well as instructions on how it works. On the 6th day of every month, one coin is transferred from one box to another, until all of the coins have been transferred.

If you would like to transfer the coin while the work is on display in 2009, simply email <<contemporary_art@ago.net>> Bookings can made for the 6th day of each month; a staff member will email you to confirm and make arrangements. Appointment times will be between 9am and 5pm. If the 6th falls on a weekend, coin transfers will take place of the business day immediately prior to the 6th.

If you’re wondering what we do when it’s not on display; well, the work lives in our conservation department where AGO conservators faithfully (and dare I say, lovingly) transfer a coin each month, recording each move in a logbook.