Haroun and his Hoopoe

   by Alex BROWN for Build A Dream (2014)

The hoopoe bird was built first, with plaster gauze wrapped around a wire skeleton. The special clay was use in certain places to buff it up a little and then it was painted with a mixture of acrylic and oil paints. The base and background of the piece were made using the mystery build box and painted with acrylics. Foam peanuts were used to make the rocky texture of the "banks" of the water, and the marsh grass, temple in the background and crest of the hoopoe were all made with the paper. The tiny birds flying in the background were created using the clay. The person, Haroun, was made from the mannequin and his hair and clothing were made from the canvas. The sun was also made using the canvas. Everything was set in place using either Elmer's glue or hot glue.

The inspiration for this project came from a children's book by Salman Rushdie called "Haroun and the Sea of Stories." Haroun's bizarre adventure takes place in a dream and Butt the giant, robotic hoopoe bird is his companion throughout the entirety of this dream.