White Whale

22 Mar

Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but
unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with
thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s
sake I spit my last breath at thee!

Ahab in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

Came across this article today Write your White Whale.  His first question grabbed me:

Which idea, of all those swimming inside your brain, are you compelled to pursue the way Ahab was driven to hunt Moby Dick?
Here’s how you know: you’re scared to death of it.

Something I think about in the middle of the night. Glad to be asking the question at least.

I got a (mostly) satisfiying prototype made for the bull head. This is a project for a show called Animalia. It’s a surreal fairy tale with circus arts performers and will be performed at an outdoor amphitheater in late April. Two friends and I are making two very large bull puppets, to be manned by two puppeteers each.

photo 7I tried foam (inspired by my Odyssey of the Mind kids’ endeavors) but a 3′ x 4′ block seemed too heavy for one puppeteer to manuver.  I tried a basketry structure (with reeds and then with wire) but don’t have the skills for that yet, nor the time to learn them before April.  So I called on my old friend cardboard and the work started to flow.

This is card stock. Next step is to make this again, small scale in corrugated plastic. This is the stuff that political yard signs are made of and I now know they sell it at Home Depot in small and large sheets. Once I get the hang of using it and perfect my pattern, it’s time to blow it up big.




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