String Symphony

A giant illuminated puppet suspended within its network of ropes is waiting to come to life….

String Symphony

String Symphony is a large-scale, interactive performance installation that uses puppetry to explore connection, community and collaboration.

“Audiences were delighted as dusk fell and the giant puppet started to twinkle and the energy on the festival site was palpable. Presenting String Symphony has been a highlight for the Joondalup Festival in 2017…” Jennifer Nebel, Principal Arts Officer, City of Joondalup

This large scale interactive sculptural work has been created by Australia’s renowned puppetry company, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, with designer and puppet maker Leon Hendroff. Commissioned by the City of Joondalup, this world-first premiered at the 2017 Joondalup Festival.

Hand-woven using more than one kilometre of rope, the giant illuminated puppet is waiting to be brought to life. This mesmerising performance invites twelve audience members to become puppeteers. As the participants manipulate the giant interactive puppet, onlookers marvel at the beauty of this magnificent creation.

A joyful, engaging and visual stunning work for all ages, String Symphony offers a high impact piece for festivals and outdoor events.


Suitable for any festival, outdoor event or venue.


  • String Symphony requires a hard, flat floor space of 10m Width x 10m Depth x 6m Height, and access to power
  • The total box truss dimensions are; 6m Height x 5m Width x 5m Depth


Performed in 60-minute sets


10+ years





String Symphony is commissioned by the City of Joondalup.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Leon Hendroff
Commissioned by
City of Joondalup
Presented by
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre