The client required an oversize music box prop that could have a ballet dancer performing on the top. Basically a giant music box dancer. The music box design needed to be simple and elegant.
A sturdy box was made trimmed with timber moulding and finished in gloss white. Fleur de lys were laser cut, painted red and attached to the faces of the music box.
An oversize key was made, scaled up to the size of the music box, which a performer inserted into a hole on the side of the music box and mimed winding up the mechanism so the dancer performed. This was made using a laser cut handle section attached to a turned timber barrel.
Below is a short video showing the music box at Westfield Eastgardens in Sydney during the Santa Parade on November 12th, 2011. The ballerina was motionless until one of Santa’s helpers used the oversize key to “wind her up” to dance.