aluminium toolbox

The gift made of aluminium

I have to give a gift to my study partner, because apparently society has devolved to the point where we must validate every interaction with a gift. Not that I’m complaining; I get a gift too. I gave David a list of appropriate and within-budget items that he can buy for me. I have but one criterion from him; aluminium accessories. I’m not too sure what exactly this means, but I’m guessing that the gift has to be made, at least in part, from aluminium. I don’t think a roll of kitchen foil will cut it (not like Cindy’s 9th birthday) so I had better think outside the box.

I saw David driving his ute to university today, and made a startling revelation. One: he looks exactly like Henry Ford when he was a little bit younger (don’t ask me how I know that, I just do) and two: he is a big fan of aluminum trays.

I thought that maybe it just extended to his ute, and all of the aluminium toolboxes that he has in it (heaven knows why he needs all of that space for his school books). I could be wrong but it seems as though he is actually a fan of the chemical element Aluminium (Al). I will not argue with his conviction, simply state that I’ve never seen anyone defend his choice of apparel quite like a man who walks into class wearing an aluminium hat.

Anyway, I have just the thing to give him for being my lab partner. I told Cindy the idea and she loved it (“thumbs up, perfect choice!” -Cindy, 2018). I am going to get him some roof racks and bars to put up the top of his ute, which I noticed is significantly devoid of anything. He can mount flood lights on them for driving through the bush at night. I highly doubt the gift he gives me will be as thoughtful or perfect as the one I’ve come up with for him.

aluminium toolbox

Art and utes can go together after all

I’m a theatre performer based in Melbourne and have recently become excited by the prospect of setting up a show in the back of a ute, carefully using the commonly used aluminium ute toolboxes. What a great theatre space, it’ll be intimate theatre along the lines of live art- I haven’t decided too much more and have yet to decide upon whether the audience will be up on the back of the ute with me or somewhere else in relation to it. Heck, perhaps they could be sitting on the back and I can setup the show around them on the ground, with many layers. There are such possibilities!

And I can’t forget the fact that the ute can move if it’s in working condition! It can be a moving show, going from location to location, and I’d need to consider whether I’d transport the audience between a range of relevant locations around Melbourne. There are also a few ute add-ons, such as ute canopies, that are possibilities to add my toolbox of options to use, and would give a great contrast between wide, open spaces around the ute (if that’s what I choose) and a dark, cramped and intimate space inside the canopy. This example would probably require some adaptation of the canopy itself but that shouldn’t be a major problem.

Let us not forget that there are two sections to a ute as well. There are the aluminium trays out back as well as the seated driver’s cabin, with glass between the two where there is visibility. Anyway, this is just be recording my enthusiasm for the new idea, whether it’s achievable or not. There are so many artistic opportunities available with such simple and everyday devices such as this, and as an artist it’s a matter of seeing new possibilities within the common and often mundane. This is what I do, I’m an artist.