I did this when I was about (I think) seven years old, on one of those spinning thingies at the fun fair. I was totally blown away at how easy it was to create a wondrous piece of art. Of course, it was never that easy again, mostly because my definition of art has changed to require a decent period of time in the making. But before I get caught up in referencing Dick Frizzell, Denis Dutton or Damiein Hirst, or the fascinating but fraught area of 'what is art?', let's head back to the fun fair.
Pee-making excitement. Candy floss. Wooden ducks being shot, toffee apples, clowns, horses on roundabouts, and, the most scary of all (except the ferris wheel and rollercoaster, which I will never ever go on), the GHOST TRAIN! Brrr. I was so scared but not quite enough to not want to go on it - ie, good scared.
The Ghost train at the Hawkes Bay A and P Show fun fair looked something like this.
But to me, even in daytime, it looked like this:
Candy floss was the other thing: When you first get it it's interesting in an academic sort of visual soft-focus way:
But once you've eaten half the wad and have a cerise tongue and a sugar hit as high as the Hawkes Bay sun, you feel more like this:
The other thing indelibly etched on my memory from the fun fair was the Negative Clowns. There was a row of them, mouths open, slowly shaking their heads from side to side.
|This isn't me. I was in black and white when I was young.|
If your three ping-pong balls slid into slots that totaled a high enough amount, you got a Prize. I think I must have been three. And I still have the prize I won. Dad held me up and I randomly popped the balls in one after the other, quite quickly. Suddenly the man said I'd won! and could choose anything from the shelf he was pointing to. What a thrill! I chose a dog, because I adored dogs.
It wasn't until some years afterwards that I realised that it held a limp pheasant in its mouth.
It sat on my shelf, diligently dusted every Saturday morning until I left home. I have it packed away, but it looks like this, only taller.