With the gachapon machines up and running, I started casting around for a new idea to add to both displays -- at Fab@CIC and District Hall.
Maybe something character-based?
I began exploring automata culture, and looking around the city.
My automata explorations led me to the U.K., where this art/craft flourishes.
As for characters, there was one group of dudes I could hardly avoid as I roamed between Cambridge, Downtown Boston, and the Seaport: construction guys and gals.
In the midst of that late-2019 building boom, construction guys were a prominent, identifiable group of citizens who were consistently out there in public.
Against Boston's drab gray background, construction crews were dirty bright splashes of orange and yellow (safety vests, hard hats, traffic cones), big machinery with claws, vertical columns of steam, gaping, craggy holes, and raw noise.
That's how Demo Guy started.