A Giant returned to the annual Pagan Pride Parade (London) this year .. and I was proud to have been part of creating `him/ her’!
Every year, in the past, we all have watched as `Giants’ accompanied all the pagans ..proudly walking through main roads of London (in the Holborn area). These are of course `giant’ sculptures, made of wooden frames, wire, paper & fabric.. – into figures of popular of specific Pagan Gods.. But for the last few years, there have been no giants! The creative team of people who used to make them, bring them and assemble and parade `inside’ them.. had moved on to other parts of UK, and with that the giants stopped walking the streets of London.
And as with some of the pagan traditions that had vanished but brought back into public awareness again (by me and my friends), I also hoped we can bring the Giants back.
My friend Marcus (Techno-mage… makes anything from intricate and expensive gold/silver/gem jewellery to kayaks that sail on river Thames..) came up with a unique and lightweight alternative idea.. fibre-glass frames (from old tents), cotton fabric body shell that defines shapes, and ordinary blown up balloons inside them which give rigidity- whole thing mounted on a person’s shoulder with a home-made aluminium shoulder-support.
For the past few days, Marcus & I had been bust around the clock…designing, adapting, re-designing.. cutting, stitching..and assembling.. but it was early yesterday, at Red Lion Square (Holborn) at 11.30am that we started to put together the whole `Giant’ for the first time.. There were glitches. but we solved most of them on the spot..watched by a growing number of interested people.. and we had to `walk’ the giant at half the planned height (due to shoulder support bending too much).. but we did it!
The real live (test) run is done. and much has been learnt.. People are already talking about doing it better next year.
And that’s the whole idea.. showing things, so it inspires other people.
Guess what? I’d stick my neck out far and will even say.. if you are willing to carry one.. we can make more…for next year (and we make them light weight so one person can carry one giant).
Yesterday was a re-launch.. a single `Green-Man-Woman’ giant returned.. and it will certainty be nice to see more of them next year 🙂
If interested in carrying or …even building one with our help and then joining us next year….contact me 🙂 (form below).
Or find me on facebook and keep in touch (look for Mani Navasothy ..or search for Quantum Phoenix) 🙂