Here is a view of the top works of the “Bipolar Brain” upside down. The bears are not mounted, which accounts for the open hole. The little tubes are are for the cables that push and pull the head lobes open. The tubes are needed to constraint the cable as it pushes up to open the head. Without them the cable buckles sideways. By constraining them in a tube the force is directed upward instead of sideways.
The two brass arms on the left are to rotate the eyes.
Advice from insiders who have been observing the progress of the Polar Brain are curious as to why the brain cavity seems to be pink rather than grey. They argue that irregardless of any real research presented as to the true colour of the brain, it is so often referred to as “grey matter” that anything else would seem unusual. My original thought was that a little colour in the brain cavity would draw more attention to the polar bears. But I could see their point, I too had originally planned the brain to be grey. So l have taken heed and altered the colour of the brain. The opening lobes will be grey with a wrinkled pattern transitioning to pink in the lower area. (I should be in politics! Please the masses but still do some of what you want!)
A lot going on in the world of Conquergood Creative these days. Still closing in on getting repairs from a water completed so that we can move from a hotel room back into our home. Things are progressing but there always seems like there is something to solve along the way. Looks like we won't be back into the house until the new year. Going back and forth from the shop to the city is consuming more time than usual!
Last week we dragged the Conquergood Creative Christmas float out of the shed and took it to Santa day in Fenelon Falls. We displayed it operating in town for the day for all those attending Santa Day activities to stop by and get a close look at all the action rather than run it in the parade this year. Had a great time talking to all the folks while dressed up in a penguin suit!
Meanwhile I am still talking to the folks in Ottawa about some small components of museum display for 2020.
I have spent some time in the shop though progressing the Bipolar Brain mechanism along, but it continues to challenge me, (lots of adjustments and tuning). Here is a recent photo of the lower mechanism is progress.
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