The oceans are rising, and so was STORM! On Saturday 2nd Oct she walked on land, from Irvine Beach Park to the Scottish Maritime Museum, to tell the story of the oceans in crisis. Here are some photos form her fantastic travels on a stormy day in Irvine!
Strom’s walked raised awareness about climate changes effects on the ocean and the problem of ocean plastic pollution. Before the Storm Walk, Irvine Clean Up Crew and Surfers Against Sewage worked together on the last ‘Community Summer Clean Up’ 60 people took part! Thank you for helping clean up Irvine and stop litter being washed into the Firth of Clyde!
STORM Walk from Irvine Beach to the Scottish Maritime Museum!
Make your own STORM puppet Make and Take
Like STORM the puppets we made in our ‘Make Your Own STORM Puppet!’ Make and Take were made out of recycled materials! From milk bottles and yogurt pots to butter tubs and juice bottles – we turned them into jellyfish, deep sea creatures and more!
Stiches for Survival Railing Display
The Ayrshire ‘craftivists’ are taking part in Stiches for Survival come and see their section of the 1.5-mile-long knitted scarf that is a message for the negotiators at COP26 urging them to take bold and binding action together. The length of the scarf represents the 1.5°c target in the Paris Agreement. This has been calculated as the maximum temperature rise the planet can tolerate before the effects of climate change become catastrophic. After COP26 the scarf will be repurposed into blankets for refugee communities. Some of the more creative sections will be kept for an exhibition and ongoing campaigning.
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!