Big Nazo at DeCordova!

When I was a kid at RISD I discovered a wonderful street-performance troupe of RISD-affiliated puppeteers called Big Nazo. They would perform at RISD street fairs, play rock concerts in local bars, and just show up from time to time on the streets of Providence. One of my only real regrets about my time at RISD is that I never took their “Creature Creation” wintersession class. So, when I saw that they would be doing a performance/demo at DeCordova, I snapped up a pair of tickets and begged Patsy to come along. (It was a pretty easy sell.)

The show was really kid-focused, but it was still a ton of fun, and really interesting to see some in-progress creations. I’m totally inspired to get some foam sheeting and try this myself, but it may end up as one more in a long line of ‘i’ll do it one day’ projects…

(Oh, for the camera-dorks among you – these were shot at, get this, 1/60, f/6.3, ISO 12800 with my D700, no flash just ‘available darkness.’)




Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla versus, uh, the Middle East?

We’ve been getting more and more into this monster project lately, and I dug up some of my monster collection, and discovered some more super-cheap at Kay-Bee’s going out of business sale. Also, we decided we needed a city for them to destroy, so we found some papercraft building sites. The most detailed, and most to-scale were from some kind of wargame, and they have little Arabic inscriptions over the doors. I don’t speak any Arabic and I’m a little scared that the buildings might say something offensive, so please accept my apologies if they do.