File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 357

Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 22:05:39 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Giant Puppets

French artist Daniel Chotard was commissioned in 1985 to build a huge
animatronic skeleton for a Verdi Opera. It was 25 m high.  I got to
meet and visit his home and studio several years ago in France.  He
worked with a team of welders and engineers.  His job was to carve the
bodies from styrofoam to go over the animatronics.
go to his gallery and lookk under decors
also do a google image search on "Bal Masque" AND Daniel Chotard
This was a big puppet!

On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 7:36 PM, Stephen Kaplin <> wrote:
> And don't forget Peter Boulanger's =A030' =A0"David" marionette on the
> back cover of the most recent issue of the Puppetry Journal.
> Stephen
> On Sep 25, 2009, at 10:50 AM, Alan Cook wrote:
>> The conversation about Giant =A0Puppet is a reminder that TRADITION is
>> a better word than RIPOFF.
>> Even the Bohemian Grove in California got into the act with a giant
>> marionette operated from the top of a tall tree.
>> And what about parallel giantism in sculpture---those big pop art
>> enlargements of common objects like ironing boards and headache bags.
>> Remo Bufano's giant CLOWN for Billy Rose's "JUMBO on BROADWAY, or
>> blowup giant balloons in Sid & Marty Krofft Fair or Amusement Park
>> shows---its all related.
>> Just don't try a live production of KING KONG with finger puppets.
>> It won't have the impact.
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