Artist Statement: While creating the cape, I found myself measuring the book, measuring the material, measuring the wire, and so on. I found myself holding the book with gentle hands, as if it actually was a child. From an artist and her creation, to a mother and her child. The excitement of creating his first Halloween costume, and how proud he would look in his new red cape were just a few of the emotions that lent themselves to the experience. I picture Gus as a child, waiting around the comer for his mother to announce: Introducing, the one and only, never before seen, Gus-The Great!