I want to make a human-shaped sculpture, that will have string or rope coming out of it and that string will be tied to something, which will make that string tight and keep the sculpture in one piece. But when I cut the string, the sculpture will collapse. Ideally, the sculpture would be lifesized, could be smaller, but at least 1 meter high. It is not necessary to be able to reassemble the sculpture after it collapses.
These are the toys from which I got the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bnoQUf6znE, but the difference would be that I want to cut the string.
So I am thinking about which material, in my amateur home workshop, could I use. First I thought about wood, but then I thought that would be too heavy and expensive and hard to work with to make a human shape. Then I thought about plaster, but I am worried it might shatter when the sculpture collapses and it would leave a mess. I am now thinking of paper mache around some wires.
Also, I am thinking if this idea makes sense at all :) so if you have some tips, I am grateful to hear them.
A bonus would be if the torso would be hollow so that I could put another sculpture inside the big one so that it would fall out when the big sculpture falls apart.