Giant ghosts from the Titanic stalk Liverpool streets

On Sunday we went to see amazing giant puppets visiting Liverpool. The spectacle was created by Nantes-based French company Royal de Luxe as part of Liverpool commemorations for the recent 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. It was inspired by a letter written by a young girl to her father, who was a steward on the Liverpool-registered liner. The event showed Little Girl Giant walking around Liverpool on a quest to learn news of her father. Little Girl Giant and her dog were “woken” by young musicians from Liverpool Philharmonic’s In Harmony project at the start of the event and spectators saw her uncle – clad in a deep sea diving costume – emerge from Salthouse Dock with letters from the Titanic. It was a magical event which captured the imaginations of thousands of people who flocked to Liverpool to watch. Unfortunately the thing was such a success that the thing I ended up seeing most of was the backs of people’s heads. In spite of that it’s great to see that such a wacky, arty event can attract massive audiences. Lots of people had been sneering at the amount of money it had taken to stage the thing; they were not sneering after they saw how crammed all the local restaurants, cafes, museums, pubs, shops etc were thanks to the extra people attracted into the city. This was art and it was successful, popular and profitable!

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