The West Australian – Joondalup’s giant puppet created from hardware store finds

Many strings are attached to giant, illuminated puppet Leor who stands about 4m tall.

Designed by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Leon Hendroff, Leor can be animated by up to 12 people at a time or as few as four.

Over about two months, Leor was constructed from reticulation and plumbing piping, garden trellis, 600 LED lights and about one kilometre of polypropylene rope that allows the light to shine through.

The puppet will be the centrepiece of interactive sculpture installation String Symphony at the 19th Joondalup Festival.

“The whole concept of String Symphony was exploring the idea of community and collaboration and teamwork, so it brings together groups of people whether it be small groups or the larger group of 12,” Hendroff explained.

The concept began with a much smaller version, String Duet which stands less than 30cm tall, and after four years of planning and development grew into the spectacular tall puppet.

Festival-goers have the chance to pull Leor’s strings in Central Park in Joondalup over three nights from March 31 to April 2.

The festival also features national and international performers taking part in dance, comedy, acrobatics, hypnosis and cabaret.

Attendees can take part in a Twilight Lantern Parade, be part of a choir, wander through the market or just sit back and enjoy the food, drink and festivities.

By Annelies Gartner, The West Australian, March 20 2017


Leon Hendroff with Leor.Picture: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian