…But it was quite painstaking to make. It’s been more about the process than the result so far. When my mind is racing, which happens fairly often, I take comfort in doing repetitive activities. Sometimes, that can be as simple as chewing sunflower seeds or tossing a tennis ball in the air. In this case, it was making a linkage made of straightened paperclips and a rubber band ball. For that reason, it’s incredibly ironic that the piece exudes lifelessness.
I used pliers to make hooks on each link, hooked them together, then cinched the hooks. I originally thought I’d curve it into a treble clef but the linkage nodes have inconsistent degrees of freedom so it kept falling apart. So, I moved on to the next activity, which was making a rubber band ball out of a few hundred rubber bands. Every single rubber band is the standard beige color, and the core is also rubber bands. Then, I stabbed the unhooked ends of the linkage into the rubber band ball.
Perhaps I can continue the “lively lifelessness” theme of this piece by daisy-chaining more time-consuming but bland components to it. Not sure quite what that is yet though. We’ll see!