This listing is for NOTHING packaged in a reused cardboard box.
An address label printed from the USPS site will avoid adding any handmade/artistic value to the box itself.
Box dimensions: 6.5" x 10" x 4.5". Weight: 6 oz.
Just as (the passing of) time makes possible the very existence of our lives, money needs to constantly circulate in order for the economy to exist. And people need to work.
To avoid further polluting the environment*, and your personal space, with more unnecessary stuff, NOTHING has been put up for sale.
The shipping container for NOTHING has been assembled along the Los Angeles shore of the Pacific Ocean, and carried through with as average as possible skill so that no artistic value has been added by way of packing. This open environment/romantic setting was chosen to allow possible positive memories to filter their way into the work. You could thus say that the box is a shipping container for its own memories, probably the most valuable possessions any of us have.
Although you will be buying NOTHING, work has been/will be involved in the packaging and shipping which translates into a financial exchange: selecting the box, riding the bike to the ocean, assembling the package, riding the bike back from the ocean, + an estimated bike ride to the post office. This amounts to 2 hours of work. The hourly rate for an artist has been set in California by the minimum wage of $8/hour. To this have been added the cost of the paper tape, which is new, and the Etsy shop fees. Water and time spent buying the tape, photographing the process and posting this listing have been waived for the price would have otherwise doubled-tripled-quadrupled...
The international shipping cost is an estimate based on longest distance I have guessed. If it costs less I will refund the money.
While great care has been taken to avoid including SOMETHING with NOTHING, as with other Beach Art projects, some environmental elements may have made their way to the inside of the box (air, water, and/or sand molecules). This is an unavoidable result to working in this type of outdoor setting. If discovered, they should not be considered to contain any material value.
*The work put in did not pollute the environment as it was done outdoors, without the use of high-tech machinery (a bike, scissors and a brush). The box is sent via the US Postal System, which functions with or without this shipment (the carrier comes to your house/office to deliver mail everyday). Could this work simply as an internet exchange without actually shipping something? No. This is not the "BUY NOTHING" campaign. This is the literal buying of NOTHING, the real substituting of SOMETHING with NOTHING. It's fun to make a purchase, it's fun to receive a package, and people need employment making things, even if those things are NOTHINGS. You can, however, in turn, reuse the container NOTHING comes in to sell and ship your own NOTHING memories.
Longer explanation of ideas: http://blog.ioanacolor.com/2012/02/nothing/