Vision Mechanics' giant puppet was intended to 'empower us all to put the environment first.'
As hundreds of folks flock to the COP26 climate change summit taking place next month in Glasgow, Scotland, there is one attendee in particular who will stick out: a giant puppet named 'Storm.' Made of dozens of pounds of marine litter, the puppet is a terrifying reminder of the effects human activities have on the Earth. The puppet is 10 meters long (that is just less than 33 feet) and has oyster shells for eyes and kelp for hair. Storm is expected to walk through Govan, a district in the southwest of Glasgow, on November 10, STV News reports.
Storm, a ten-metre tall puppet of a mythical goddess of the sea created by Edinburgh-based visual theatre company Vision Mechanics, makes its way along the seafront at North Berwick, East Lothian, during a performance at the Fringe By The Sea festival.— Alamy Editorial (@Alamy_Editorial) August 15, 2021
📷Lesley Martin pic.twitter.com/zlDP43K37O
Previously, the puppet appeared in Glasgow for the Celtic Connections music festival in January 2020. Storm has been created by the performance art company Vision Mechanics. On its official website, the company described the puppet as 'a goddess of the sea, [who] has emerged from the deep to encourage us all to celebrate our seas, care for our coastlines, and empower us all to put the environment first.' Videos and photos of the 10-meter giant are rather creepy, implying the terrible reality of what we stand to lose if we do not act to protect planet Earth with urgency.
#Storm is a legend come to life— Ishdeep Kohli (@ishdeep_kohli) October 25, 2021
Emerging from #Scottish seas to
tell us—#Oceans are in crisis!#Storm asks those she meets
What can be done to alter the
course of the #climatecrisis?
She has learned of #COP26
Risen to add her powerful voice
to #ActNow#ClimateActionNow🌍#Glasgow pic.twitter.com/jgU0BPb2K5
A new feat of mechanical mastery, the puppet took two years to create. It was developed entirely using recycled materials by the formidable puppeteering duo Symon Macintyre and Kim Bergsagel. Aided by eight other puppeteers, Storm will take to the streets of Scotland during the COP26 climate change summit. Vision Mechanics affirmed, "Storm is our most ambitious, challenging, and politically resonant project yet, and we are so thrilled to introduce you to her." The kinetic masterpiece received national-level funding from the National Lottery (via Creative Scotland), Arts and Business Scotland, and Event Scotland. A.T. Best Handlers sponsored the year-long production with the free hire of the Manitou telehandler (the big red tractor) that drives the puppet as it walks.
Storm is aided through her journey by our 10 incredible puppeteers 🌬️— Vision Mechanics (@VisionMechanics) October 27, 2021
They help carry her message, their yellow jackets acting as a warning that we must do more to protect our planet 🌍
Here, they remove the nets that caught her, and help her rise in Dumfries @DGArtsFest 💛 pic.twitter.com/Vj4tAZT5Gp
If you are in Glasgow to attend events at the summit, viewing Storm's appearance is free. Furthermore, the creators confirmed that the puppet is a family-friendly outdoor spectacle. Children are thus encouraged to attend its appearance as well, in order to inspire younger generations to take an interest in environmentalism. While the climate change summit gets underway, social media users online have expressed their excitement to see Storm. One Twitter user posted, "I'm hoping to see this. Such a good demonstration of what we dump in the sea." Another added, "A giant, plastic human striding across Earth. [This] sums up our species well."
Giant #storm puppet made from washed up marine litter is making its way to #Glasgow for #COP26.#ClimateCrisis— Ananya Kamboj 🇮🇳 (@KambojAnanya) October 25, 2021
pic.twitter.com/5ubDoFWkbW@GretaThunberg @vanessa_vash @mrEmTee @WakioDorcas @NakabuyeHildaF @sumuelahi @MonaPatelT @ishdeep_kohli @OlumideIDOWU