I was reminded when uploading Elizabeth Booth's guest blog that Julia Simmons-Collar also got in touch some time ago about a giant robot puppet she was making after seeing my robot puppet. I found a photo she sent me of her completed robot, and here are all three giant robots - from left to right - mine, Julia's and Elizabeth's.
I LOVE that these giant robots are popping up around the world, and that they are all different. As far as I can tell, we have all used some combination of metallic ducting, plastic buckets, foam, a metal frame backpack and silver spray paint. But the exact sizes, shapes and details of our robots have varied depending on what materials have been available/affordable.
So if you're thinking of making a giant robot puppet of your own, here are some links which might help.
And please send me a photo of your robot when you're done!
My robot -
Blog post 1
Blog post 2
Blog post 3
Video documenting the making of my robot
Elizabeth Booth -
The Puppeteers Cooperative -
This page contains a huge amount of traditional giant puppet making techniques, designs and ideas. It's a great place to work out what type of puppet your character should be
Welfare State International -
The book Engineers of the Imagination by Welfare State International has some great giant puppet making information as well as a wealth of really valuable information about street parades, festivals and outdoor events in general
I am a Glasgow based visual artist and maker