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This giant storm puppet is made of marine litter. It's a terrifying reminder of climate change.

Vision Mechanics' giant puppet was intended to 'empower us all to put the environment first.'

This giant storm puppet is made of marine litter. It's a terrifying reminder of climate change.
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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.


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.


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.


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."


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