Rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies

2012-02-06

Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m officially an old man. I know Beatlemania is long over, and society has moved on, but what can I do – I’m still a Beatles fan. And as embarrasing as it may be, I especially like their classics. Such as Lucy in the Sky.

And when you listen to that song, you can’t help but wonder about the imagery the lyrics conjure up. Such as the rocking horse people eating marshmallow pies. So, what do these ‘rocking horse people’ look like? I always imagined them as half-man half-wooden horse centaurs. And more precisely, half hippie, half wooden horse. Complete with bell-bottoms. Like so:

What’s that thing he is holding there, you say? No way that’s a marshmallow pie, you say! More like a marhsmallow cake. Well, you are absolutely right. However, do you know how hard it is to make an easily foldable convincing pie? So I decided to go with a piece of cake instead…

The hippie part is probably not very authentic, when you want to get close to what the Fab Four had in mind when they made the song. After all, the album was released in 1967, when the hippie culture was still in its infancy (or so I’m told – I am not that old). Anyway, I think it matches the atmosphere and folklore of LSD (wink, wink).

You will find the template to make one yourself at the bottom of the page. When you actually build the model, you have to be careful: It’s by no means balanced in and of itself, so I highly recommend glueing a small weight (such as a coin) to the inside of the base, like so:

The other shocking truth I should mention is that this is not really a rocking horse: It doesn’t rock. The reason is that it turns out to be virtually impossible to properly balance the damn thing, at least I couldn’t muster the patience to do it. So it’s extremely prone to falling over to one or the other side. Therefore, I decided to add little flaps to the skids, in order to make it stand upright:

This means you can’t tip it to make it gently rock back and forth. If you want it to be able to do so, just cut it out without the flaps and balance it with more / better distributed weights (good luck!).

Here is the template PDF file.

 

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Comments

    1. admin, Reply

      Honestly, that’s a pretty cool name for a band. Good luck with it! What kind of music do you make?

  1. Mike Seale, Reply

    Love your idea of Rocking Horse People. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” has always intriguedand enchanted me.
    I’m an old man too and I think that “Lucy” exemplifies the sound and imagination of the “Sixties”. I won a national award for a 3D wood sculpture I did of what I envisioned of the first two verses. Now I’m working on the Bridge/Fountain/Rocking Horse People scene. Send me your email and I’ll send you a picture. I love the Beatles and have done
    the Abby Roads scene likewise.
    Mike

    1. admin, Reply

      Hi Mike, thanks for the kind comment! I love the idea of wood sculptures for each of the verses. When I listen to music, lyrics are important to me (some people don’t seem to care, as long as the song feels good), and the songs of the Beatles always struck me as very imaginative – much more so than many other contemporary bands. I’ll send you an email – I’d love to see photos of your sculptures.

  2. Daria, Reply

    How could I imagine that the rocking horse people were just children?? In my mind they were as yours!;) rocking half horses half persons! hahahah

  3. jet, Reply

    I’m a old hippie , so i love this rocking horse hippie, awesome!!!
    hey thank you for sharing this and the template.
    it’ sooo cool, i think i will make him;-D
    an old hippie without i can’t imagened that.LOL

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