This is where I have got to so far. The piece is so close to finished, and is named “Vesper”with connotations of evening, the evening star, and thoughts of the approaching end to life.
The base has been refined, the base plate cast from copper, melted down offcuts. I have abandoned the fairings from the “feet.” There is an articulated arm which hooks on to a knob and is held in place with a catch and the photo below shows the catch undone and the arm unhooked
Earlier I spoke of disappointment, a feeling of emptiness when the urgent rush of optimism is spent and the finished work is there, naked and exposed with its shortcomings plain to see. Things that are unresolved and also things that turned out well in ways I could not have planned. I have to leave it as it is, I have done the best I could with the means and skills at my disposal and it must begin its own journey.
But now there is an idea for the next one. It’s something I have been skirting around for years so it is familiar in a way. But ideas are cheap and don’t always survive the switch to reality. Particularly so given the plodding nature of my work habits.