A man stuck in a hotel quarantine has let his imagination run totally wild, swapping channel-surfing for gunslinging with his new trusty steed.
David Marriot’s transformation into a brown paper cowboy bizarrely started with a bowl of poke he was given for lunch at the hotel in Brisbane.
Once the bowl took its obvious place as a cowboy hat, ‘the vest and chaps came naturally’.
David, from Sydney, had to go to London for his dad’s funeral, and came up with a creative way to entertain himself while isolating in Brisbane on his way home.
The art director said he was inspired by the brown paper bags his meals were being delivered in, adding: ‘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.’
He ordered a pair of scissors and some tape from a nearby supermarket and got to work.
But the quarantine cowboy was missing a horse, so David used some household items in the hotel room to create his faithful steed Russell.
He wrapped brown paper bags around an ironing board for Russell’s torso and a lamp for his head.
‘Now I’ve got Russell here, I think a dog and cat could be next,’ David said.
David has since posted different plot lines on social media. One of them includes a villain made of clingfilm, dubbed The Clingfilm Kid, who tries to steal Russell while David is sleeping.
Staff at the Rydges South Bank hotel have enjoyed David’s project after going so long without any guests.
But the best part of the project for David has been how it’s cheered his grieving mum and sister up on FaceTime.
The family are mourning David’s dad Harry, who went to hospital after a fall, but tragically contracted coronavirus and passed away.
‘It made my mum laugh, which has been the best. To see her laughing again has made it all worthwhile,’ he said.
David wanted to use the horse’s head to recreate the famous scene from the Godfather, and leave it for the hotel’s cleaners to find, but he does not know what to use to imitate blood.
He now hopes Russell can help lift people’s morale over this difficult time and encourage hotels to recycle their meal packaging.
Australia is only accepting tourists from New Zealand but residents can return home from anywhere as long as they provide a negative Covid test and quarantine in a hotel for 14 days.
People who live in Australia need to have an exemption to leave the country and this includes funerals.
The country has just agreed to a quarantine-free travel corridor with New Zealand as both countries have taken the lead on keeping the virus out of their nations.
But travellers are unlikely to be able to go between Australia and the UK without having to isolate for some time.
Boris Johnson was hoping to open international travel on May 17 but he has not yet confirmed whether this plan will go ahead.
On Sunday, the Prime Minister said the Government was considering a traffic light system which separated holiday destinations into green, amber and red.
Mr Johnson is waiting for a report from the Global Travel Taskforce which is due on April 12.
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