This semester I presented a project idea to my Sculpture II. class: We would create a huge puppet and present it in the Fantasy of Lights Parade in downtown Wheeling, WV. The four students, Yvonne Barry, Jenny Osler, Robert Peterson, and Joshua Rogers, each submitted an idea. We voted, and the selected design idea was Joshua’s, a Salvador Dali-influenced elephant.
Beginning with a series of sketches, we planned our big puppet. I figured it would take us about eight weeks (one half of the semester) to bring our elephant to completion. We ended up with a twelve week investment in our puppet. Our design went through several changes over the course of the semester, and their were several times we felt we took two steps forward, then one back. We discovered that some of our ideas had to be altered, or totally trashed and re-worked. We did get our elephant finished in time to walk the parade, and the crowds loved it! Our big puppet project proved to be a true learning experience, and walking it through the parade was both exhaustive and fun. Here are just a few of the photos documenting our process:
Special thanks to Chris Villamagna and Paul Padgett, along with Jenny’s friend, Christina, for their help in the parade!