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David Marriott was spending time in a Brisbane hotel while he waited out his fourteen day mandatory quarantine - but he wasn't alone.
The art director, who is usually based in Sydney, put his prop and costume expertise to use after returning from London, where he attended his father's funeral. His dad, Harry, had died in February after going into hospital for a fall, then tragically contracting Covid-19.
He'd had a 'long two weeks' in isolation at his sister's home so he knew he had to prepare.
Although he had brought a speaker so he could enjoy music and some balls to try to teach himself how to juggle, David soon found himself distracted.
His meals came in brown paper bags, which were usually thrown out to comply with Covid regulations, but David decided to start collecting them up.
Speaking to The Guardian, David said: "I thought that's a really cool bag and it's good quality, thick brown paper.
"I've worked with that medium before, as it's got a great structure to it."
Inspired, he ordered some tape and a pair of scissors from a supermarket. On day three, he became the proud owner of a round paper bowl, after he had poke for lunch.
David explained: "I thought, that's a hat, if I add some brim to it. That was the beginning of the cowboy, and the vest and the chaps came naturally."
But once he became a cowboy, he realised he'd need a horse, and thought he would ask the hotel if they could get him some boxes - but took the challenge on himself, using an ironing board and a lamp in his room.
He added: "The bones were already there.
"Now I've got Russell here, and I think a dog and cat could be next."
He even phoned his mum to show her what he'd created.
He said: "It made my mum laugh which has been the best. To see her laughing again has made it all worthwhile.
"People are just in need of a bit of laughter. This lifts their morale."
He had even hoped to reimagine a scene from the Godfather by putting Russell the horse's head in his bed for the cleaners to find when he leaves after he's served his 14 days.
"But I don't have anything for the blood to make it work," he said.
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