Saturday, 21 April 2012

Sea Odyssey

If there is anywhere to be this weekend, it would be Liverpool for the Sea Odyssey weekend which includes three giant puppets walking the streets over a distance of 23miles.

Image from BBC.

The event, inspired by the letter of a little girl, includes a 30ft(9m) puppet girl, 50ft(15m) puppet of her uncle and 30ft dog which will roam the streets separately before meeting Saturday evening. Over 100 volunteers will help move the puppets with the use of cranes. The company behind the street theatre are Royal De Luxe, who have created giant spectuacles before, including the Giant Elephant which walked the streets of central London in 2006.

Giant Elephant in London 2006.
These photos, as well as the promotion video, are breathtaking, especially along side the massive crowds and the volunteers working the giant structures. The scale and detail of the puppets are incredible and I can only hope that one day I can capture the puppets performing another time.

Update 22nd April 2012.
A stunning photo from the final part of the spectacle with the three puppets leaving the city down the River.
Photo source: BBC
Liverpool Titanic Girl, a programme about the true story of the little girl whose letter inspired the production, will be broadcast on BBC One at 19:30 BST on Wednesday 25th April.

Giant Spectacular Sea Odyssey Homepage
Royal De Luxe Homepage

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