The oceans are rising, and so is STORM! From the makers of Big Man Walking comes a folklore giant made-real. STORM lives in the waters around Scotland, and in 2021 she will walk on land, from Irvine Beach Park to the Scottish Maritime Museum, to tell the story of the oceans in crisis.
Vision Mechanics STORM at North Berwick for Fringe By The Sea August 2021, © Martin McCarthy
Towering over her brother Big Man at 10 metre tall, her eyes are the colour of oyster shells, her hair thick strands of kelp, her voice the chorus of the waves. Giant puppet, STORM will walk into communities and villages and gaze down upon both the beauty and the mess strewn at her feet.
A new feat of mechanical mastery from Edinburgh’s Vision Mechanics, STORM is an outdoor theatrical event to mark Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.
This event will be a celebration of the Community Summer Clean Ups! collaboration events run by Irvine Clean Up Crew and the Scottish Maritime Museum and is free to attend, admission fee into the Museum still applies.
Start: 12 Noon: Coastwatch Scotland Irvine Unit, Beach Pavilion, Beach Dr, Irvine KA12 8FA
12pm – 1pm Storm will walk from Irvine Beach Park and along Irvine Harbourside to Puffers Cafe
2pm – 4pm Scottish Maritime Museum, Linthouse Building, Harbour Rd, Irvine KA12 8BT
Make your own STORM puppet Make and Take (Drop in activity)
In the run up to the STORM walk we will be running two Make and Takes for you to create your own sea mythical sea creature puppet. Just like Storm, your puppet will be made out of recycled material. We’ll be using milk bottles, margarine tubs and more to make crabs, mermaids and jellyfish – anything thing in the oceans you can think of!
Date: Saturday 2nd Oct
Times: 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm
STORM, a ten metre tall goddess of the sea, has emerged from the deep to encourage us all to celebrate our seas, care for our coastlines and empower us to put the environment first.
Two years in the making, STORM is a new feat of mechanical mastery created in response to the climate crisis by the formidable puppeteering duo Symon Macintyre and Kim Bergsagel.
Made from entirely recycled materials, STORM’s eyes are the colour of oyster shells, her hair thick strands of kelp, her voice the chorus of the waves. Aided by eight puppeteers, STORM will walk the streets of Scotland. She began her journey as part of Celtic Connections inaugural Coastal Connections Day in January 2020, as one of the first events to mark Scotland’s official year of Coasts and Waters 2020. Now, following a break as a result of the pandemic, STORM is due to walk again in late summer and autumn 2021.
STORM is Vision Mechanics most ambitious, challenging, and politically resonant project yet, and they are so thrilled to introduce you to her!