This morning I was working at my table and Leon wanted to 'help.' So after he unrolled a spool of black thread, I gave him a box of spring clips to play with. His fingers aren't strong enough to squeeze them open yet, so I was showing him how they could bite each other and fit together. Then I got inspired and excited, and made this. The first photo is of the piece resting flat on white paper, and in the second it is hanging in front of a white wall (both taken with flash, since my lighting is bad).
When I was done, I thanked Leon, because (as I told him) he had given me the idea, and without his inspiration, I never would have create this. He said, "You're welcome. Maybe next time you can make me a Transformer out of paper clips." It's amazing - and terrifying - that he thinks there is nothing I can't make.
Anyway, I'm thinking of taking a trip to Staples, and experimenting with variations on the theme, using clips of different sizes and colors.
I should also note that I thought of my friend Ben's Prada Bag/Spring Clip Sculpture photo when I made this.