Many strings will make light work

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

FRE­MAN­TLE THE Spare Parts Pup­pet Theatre will un­veil a new gi­ant il­lu­mi­nated pup­pet for the first time at next week­end’s Joon­dalup Fes­ti­val.

Dubbed Leor, He­brew for “I have light’, the hand-wo­ven pup­pet is made out of a kilo­me­tre of wo­ven rope and 600 LED lights.

Pup­pet de­signer Leon Hen­droff said Leor would be part of the Spare Parts Pup­pet Theatre’s String Sym­phony show and fes­ti­val-go­ers would be able to move the pup­pet by pulling on sus­pen­sion strings.

“This ex­tra­or­di­nary in­stal­la­tion ex­plores con­cepts of con­nec­tion, com­mu­nity and col­lab­o­ra­tion and is par­tic­u­larly spec­tac­u­lar when viewed at night,” he said.

“There is some­thing very spe­cial about an inan­i­mate ob­ject be­ing brought to life.

“Up to 12 peo­ple at a time can help an­i­mate Leor, so there is a real sense of phys­i­cal and emo­tional con­ver­sa­tion go­ing on.”

The Joon­dalup Fes­ti­val is on March 31 to April 2.

String Sym­phony and Leor can be viewed all three days at Cen­tral Park on Grand Boule­vard.

Picture: Jes­sica Wyld Pho­tog­ra­phy

Leor in ac­tion.

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