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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Match Burro

Match Burro - Transcript

Probably on an afternoon in the February of '99, while sitting in a dark lecture room staring at bright slides carrying crosses, I pulled the matches from my pocket. With inspiration that I can't now recall, I began to conjure a burro from that cardboard book and one long hair plucked from the plush seat I sat behind. It took maybe 20 minutes, only burning away a portion of the class I loathed, before I knew my donkey was done.

I brought him home and showed Heather, who was by then used to my impromptu constructions. After her brief inspection, I sat him atop the door jam next to a smaller ceramic mule of Mexican origin. From there he surveyed that Baltimore apartment for a couple more years before he was lost in our relocation to New York.

Below, a magnification of the one image in which he was caught:

Match Burrow

Three weeks ago, I made my second match burro.

I cheated a little this time around, employing an X-Acto and two drops of Elmer's glue. Also, the hair has no structural function in this incarnation, crowning the saddle blankets only as an homage to the original.

Other than that, I made it to the specs I had committed to memory.

New Match Burrow

The new one turned out well, probably too well. A little of that MacGyver aesthetic disappeared in the absence of haste and stealth. That's OK though, I'd expect a big city burro to be fancier than his Mobtown cousin.

Below, the scraps of process.


Anonymous devin thought:

was the text of your history class the book by howard zinn of the same title?

August 28, 2005 at 10:58 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger pam coulter enright thought:

I love it...I'd like to see a whole series.

August 29, 2005 at 5:42 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mick thought:

I agree with Pam. When we were kids Death Valley Days was a popular "wild west" TV show sponsored by US Borax who made Boraxo. Borax was mined in Death Valley and shipped out on "20 mule teams." As a popularization the show sold "20 mule team" plastic models for assembly. I wanted one so desperately but my folks didn't see the point. Build one for me?


August 30, 2005 at 8:47 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:


The primary text for the course was Zinn, though we supplemented with a lot of other works, I recall Takaki's A Different Mirror specifically...


I'd like to see a whole series too.

Why don't you make one? We can make a family of Match Animals; I know Meg would throw one together...

Open Call: Make Match Animals (one matchbook only), photograph them, crop to 300px by 300px, send them in.

I'll post them once I have a few...


You should make one as well. For some reason, I'm picturing yours as a fish, scales and all.

My dexterity in Borax-sponsored plastic isn't quite as good as my skills in sulphurous chipboard, but I'll see what I can do. At the very least expect us to search Ebay for your mules prior to each and every gift-giving occasion...


August 30, 2005 at 10:24 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Tiff thought:

I love it, how creative!!! You're an awesome artist :)

August 30, 2005 at 4:10 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mick thought:

I thought you could make a match book replica of the plastic original. The hair could be used as "reins." Way too dexterious a job for me though.

August 31, 2005 at 4:57 AM - Comment Permalink  

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