I finally visited the Exploratorium’s new location; it was even more wonderful and inspiring than the one I grew up with. They had a whole section on automata – something I’ve always been inexplicably drawn to since I was a kid and always wanted to try making myself, but never have. Why? For all the usual reasons: too many other “important responsibilities”, not enough time, not enough space, don’t have the tools/skills/materials/whatever and the real show stopper “why?”. That annoying question I heard whenever I had another “crazy idea”, that question that I never had a good enough answer to and which ultimately stopped me in my tracks.
But then I saw Scott Weaver’s, “Rolling Through the Bay” sculpture at the Exploratorium and learned that it took 37 years and 105,387 and 1/2 toothpicks for him to create this moving sculpture of San Francisco. (Take a minute and see it in action here. I’ll wait.)
Uhh…. what was my excuse for not making stuff again???
Time for me to get started. Luckily, my best friend j just issued another 30 day challenge. She’s going to make something every day for 30 days and she’s invited the world to join her. I’m in (with a slight modification to fit my life); I’ve decided that since I exercise 20 minutes a day 5 days a week, then I can do something creative 20 minutes a day 5 days a week. It’s time to exercise my creative muscles.
Wanna join in? Feel free to link here to your creations. I can’t wait to see what you make!