Originally I designed this object to be a clock. But a clock would overwhelm the simplicity of the piece. I got this character idea from the illustrator, Shaun Tan, and the book “The Red Tree“. His illustrations are amazing and moving to me.
This character is similar to one in his book. I had this thought that what if we are controlled by a puppeteer, which itself is just a puppet of something else?
After firing, the puppeteer will hold a small puppet attached to a string.