Glass act Tilda thinks inside the box for art

Sleeping inside a glass box in the lobby of the MoMA, Tilda Swinton performs "The Maybe"

Sleeping inside a glass box in the lobby of the MoMA, Tilda Swinton performs "The Maybe"

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As an Oscar winner she’s no stranger to attention but Tillda Swinton’s latest role caused quite a stir in the Big Apple in the past week.

The Duns actress, who won an Academy Award in 2008 for her role in ‘Michael Clayton’, slept in a glass box for over six hours at New York’s famous Museum of Modern Art on Saturday for a rather unconventional piece and was seen sleeping in the box once again on Monday at the same venue.

Sleeping inside a glass box in the lobby of the MoMA, Tilda Swinton performs "The Maybe"

Sleeping inside a glass box in the lobby of the MoMA, Tilda Swinton performs "The Maybe"

Tilda, most recently seen starring alongside David Bowie in a video for his new single, attracted quite a crowd but it wasn’t actually the first time she’d staged the artistic stunt.

‘The Maybe’, a collaboration with friend Cornelia Parker, debuted at the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park in 1995 and was repeated a year later at the Museo Barracco in Rome.

A brief description on a notice next to where Tilda lay simply read: ‘The Maybe 1995/2013. Living artist, glass, steel, mattress, pillow, linen, water and spectacles.’

It is rumoured that Tilda will return to the Museum of Modern Art to reprise the live art piece again, however the venue aren’t giving any suggestion as to when.

A statement issued by MoMA earlier this week said: “An integral part of The Maybe’s incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist’s statement released, no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued.

Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real – shared – time: now we see it, now we don’t.”

Daughter of former Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, John Swinton and his wife Judith, Tilda has been known to return to the area when she’s not busy starring in critically acclaimed films.