The strange saga of the Warrior Rhino snow globe

It was a simple idea at the time. I wanted, I planned, to make a snow globe sculpture called “Invisible Carousel.” I sketched it out to perfection. Frollicking giraffes and unicorns, a pig and a buffalo, all parading in a whimsical circle.

A sweet little idea, with a variety of small metal animals, each perched atop an unseen clear support, at different heights, so when viewed inside the snow globe, it would appear to be a carousel with no mechanical support. The invisible carousel. Charming. Dripping with charm.

I collected the animals I needed and began to work.

Until the Rhino.

Oh, the Rhino! Barely the size of my thumbnail, he exuded a fierce personality, completely unsuited for the sweet endless ride of a carousel. “I want adventure!” he proclaimed. “I have battles yet to fight, and honor to defend.” He refused to sit politely on a carousel post, protesting that he was too old to be ridden by a child, no matter how imaginary. He seemed to cock his rhino horn in my direction, looking as threatening as his 19 or so millimeters would allow.

How does one deny the will of the angry Rhino? Using the tiniest tools, I crafted a tiny harness of leather straps and chains, and fitted the Rhino carefully. Next, I outfitted a grand airship for him, battle-worn, but complete with bazookas and other weaponry. I hung ammo belts and tiny knife sheaths off his harness, and put torpedoes at his disposal on each side.

Go forth and fight your battles, Warrior Rhino. The carousel can ride another day.

The Warrior Rhino flies at dawn.

Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

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Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Flight of the Warrior Rhino Snow Globe, Camryn Forrest DesignsAll images and designs are copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Re-Run — Or, “have you seen this one before?”

Repurposing, refabricating, refurbishing and … Re-Run.

This charming little vintage television did not want to be hidden away; it wanted to run out and tell its story again.

“I have NOT outlived my usefulness,” it huffed and puffed. “I can show you Mr. Rogers, Walter Cronkite and Captain Kangaroo and Mighty Mouse! The Twilight Zone, Sherry Lewis and Lambchop, Romper Room and Lawrence Welk! I Love Lucy! Andy and Opie and Aunt Bee. Fireball XL5. A black and white viewing of Wizard of Oz, which does NOT turn into color when the door opens on Dorothy’s house. Follow the gray-brick road, I say!”

Shake “Re-Run” and you will get a sparkle-fall of shimmering dusty static over the adolescent-awkward robot legs.Β  And on the base, an authentic vintage TV dial, dating back nearly 50 years. Watch any of 12 channels, kids, there’s always something interesting on.

Re-Run Television snow globeRe-Run Vintage Television snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013 rerun_snowglobe_blue rerun_snowglobe_bright rerun_snowglobe_bright_tan rerun_snowglobe_interior detail rerun_snowglobe_interior_frontRe-Run Vintage Television snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Airships, Dirigibles and Zeppelins, oh my!

What is it about airships, you ask? I have no easy answer. I like the way they look, the adventures they imply, the endless possibilities. And they seem somehow, green, you know? They just putter along with mostly windpower (that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)

TotusMel was kind enough to feature one of my floating snow globes on her recent blog showing a collection of airships. (Never say “blimp,” it hurts their feelings.)Β  http://totusmelswunderkammer.blogspot.com/2013/05/dirigible.html

It got me thinking: just how many airship/dirigible/zeppelin snow globes HAVE I made? I did a quick inventory from the past few months and it appears if you include hot air balloons, flying saucers, rockets and dirigible as “airships” … well, I’ve done quite a few.

Let’s see …

Airship Voyager snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Dances with Clouds snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Flying Saucer snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Rough Sailing snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Uncharted Skies snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Launch Party Rocket snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Scavenger Junk Airship snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Airship over Rooftops snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

And then there’s this one, nearly finished.

I call it “Flight of the Warrior Rhino.”Β  Coming soon to a fantasy near you.

Don’t ask. Sometimes these sculptures have a mind of their own.

 "Flight of the Warrior Rhino" snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs