A 3 day spectacular on the streets of Liverpool
Back in 2008, as part of Liverpool's Capital of Culture year, a giant mechanical spider terrorised the streets of our fair city. But, by the time La Princesse had departed, she had captured the hearts of everyone who thronged to witness such an amazing event. This weekend another company of French puppeteers and performance artists, Royal de Luxe, unleashed giants to walk among us.
Commemorating 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, a ship with strong ties to the city of Liverpool, a geyser mysteriously burst forth from the pavement by the Three Graces, heralding the arrival of something gigantic. Over the next few days, a story unfolded of the Little Girl Giant seeking news of her father, a steward on board the ill fated vessel.
With her faithful canine companion, Xolo, leading the way, she wandered the streets from Stanley Park bringing this amazing piece of performance art to the bemused residents, many of whom would have been stunned to see a 30ft puppet parade past the windows of their houses. Along with the arrival of the Little Girl Giant, her diving suit clad Uncle emerged from the waters of Salthouse Dock, having spent the years since the sinking of the unsinkable ship walking across the seabed to deliver a letter written by her father, the Great Giant.
After seeing the many tourist sights that Liverpool has to offer, albeit from a very unique perspective, the pair were eventually reunited at Kings Dock. The emotional meeting was celebrated by the thousands who had gathered to witness the scene and the spectacle that the giants were creating on their travels. On the third day of their visit, the giants said their goodbyes to the gigantic crowd which had turned out to wish them bon voyage, before boarding a ship of their own and sailing out into the River Mersey.
The event was expected to be witnessed by 250,000 over the course of the three days, but early estimates put the actual number at near double that figure. By any stretch of the imagination, the Sea Odyssey was a resounding success. Judging by the number of camera lenses pointed in the direction of the giants and the vast quantity of images posted online, this must have been the most photographed event in the UK this year outside of the forthcoming Olympics. This selection of images shows the event through the eyes of the Fab Collective, who were out in force to capture the Giant Spectacle.