Yes! We! Can!


Victory is ours!

Well I’m back in Sydney, back to work, back to the blog, and ready to take on the world. It was great to escape for the last week or so, do a spot of soul searching, and get ready to take the next step.

The last step was to see out a successful exhibition. What a thrill to witness someone’s idea take form; a spark of imagination transforming into a drawing, morphing into a giant pile of styrofoam and fibreglass, and blossoming into a life-sized blue whale’s heart. Thank you Ronan for the opportunity to witness the unfoldment of your heart. And for the opportunity to get dressed up like a high school chemistry teacher in a backyard meth lab. We sure know how to rock our Personal Protective Equipment!

PPE Has Never Looked So Good!

While I was out of town, I pilfered my brother Daniel’s copy of Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large. In it, William Shatner discusses his rules for living. Amongst these rules you’ll find: Know which conversations require a bulletproof vest; Talk is cheap – unless you can make money with a talk show; Always have a spare set of underwear on hand; and my favourite rule, Say “Yes”. Bill almost always says “yes”. Why?

“Yes” means opportunity. “Yes” makes the dots in your life appear. And if you’re willing and open, you can connect these dots. You don’t know where these dots are going to lead, and if you don’t invest yourself fully, the dots won’t connect. The lines you make with those dots always lead to interesting places. “No” closes doors. “Yes” kicks them wide open.

I can feel an itchy foot, ready to kick a few doors wide open! Already I’m saying “yes” to organising the first Chiron Creative event in August. I’m saying “yes” to setting up an orphanage. I’m saying “yes” to climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge for my birthday. And I’m saying “yes” to falling in love with the unknown, and letting the dots connect in interesting and unforseen ways.

If I set you a challenge, will you say “yes”? Good. Then here’s my challenge to you: Take a pen and paper and write yourself a list of at least 3 things that you’ve always wanted to do. Go on, it’s easy. 3’s nothing. Write them down, and when you realise you can’t stop at 3, write some more. Write as many as you want. See if you can beat me and my 162 things. Now stick that list up somewhere you’ll see it often. Then get out and start kicking!

While you’re pondering the need to invest in some good sturdy steel-capped boots, I’ll leave you with a short cautionary tale called Eat, Fry, Love from the indelible Mr Shatner. As Bill knows, on some occasions it’s better to say “no”. Especially when you’re all out of Personal Protective Equipment!

Dream Big!

Trawling the Markets for the Best Arteries

Sunday, a day of rest? No way! Sunday was all about developing the dream, and driving around Sydney in a big arsed truck. Talking to farmers, bakers and garbage purveyors at Marrickville Market, where hippies and hipsters hunt and gather alongside mums, dads, kids and dogs. The aim of the day was to collect materials with which to build a blue whale’s heart.

A blue whale’s heart is almost as tall as me, weighs around 600kg and beats around six times a minute. Impressive, right?! Discovering the materials needed to bring one to life is a delicious adventure in itself. Searching through styrofoam for the perfect artery, climbing over the detritus of last year’s set dressings. Feathers and fabrics and furniture parts, mannequin bits and broken carts. It’s a grown up kid’s wonderland!

To build your own blue whale’s heart, just take one large truck, a hotline to the parking angels, a tape measure and an active imagination. Combine them with a healthy dose of determination to make the dream concrete – it’s handy when you work in construction! Mix in a dash of crazy and you’re on your way.

Note: Do not to dissolve into a puddle of panic when the exhibition date looms. All you need to do is just get it done. And remember, you’re living the dream – it’s bigger than a blue whale’s heart!