when i was first given this challenge it looked like an almost impossible feat. the tin lay squooshed on my desk lifeless for days. then i decided to give it a coat of gesso to minimize the thought of it being an aluminum can. more days passed and i could see nothing. then i opened a drawer and found a copper earring that looked just like a hat and i thought of maybe trying Sancho Panza. more days of idleness then suddenly my paperclay faces popped out of the same drawer and i began to paint one that would fit the hat. finally LIFE. from then on it was a labour of love giving him his arms and body. he spoke to me and guided me through the whole process non-stop for about four hours. art from nothing, amazing how it happens.