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Giant miner puppet walks through Cornwall
The Man Engine: 'Honouring the achievements of miners'

25 July 2016 - From the section Cornwall

Ilona Streeting
26 Jul 2016
Giant miner puppet takes first steps

Giant miner puppet takes first steps

Wondered if you had seen this. It was on local tv the other night. Looked terrific.



A giant puppet of a Cornish miner has taken its first steps on a 130-mile journey.

The 10-metre (32.8ft) Man Engine will travel across the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site to mark the 10th year of its Unesco heritage status.

The puppet is the same height as a double decker bus when in "crawling" mode but more than twice that height when standing.

It was launched in Tavistock, Devon and will reach west Cornwall on 6 August.

More updates on the giant puppet, and other Devon and Cornwall news here

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A mechanical puppet making a 130-mile journey across Devon and Cornwall will be accompanied by theatrical shows with music and storytelling to celebrate local mining heritage, those behind the project say.

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The 40-tonne, 10m tall Man Engine, unveiled in Tavistock earlier, marks the 10th anniversary of Cornish Mining World Heritage status being granted by Unesco. It will be on show at 20 locations as part of a two-week journey, which finishes at Geevor Tin Mine on 6 August. It will be in Kit Hill later.

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Artistic director Will Coleman said: "We have all worked together to drive a colossal scale and excitement into him, honouring the achievements, the harshness, the beauty and the significance that the work, energy and brainpower that these [mining] people brought to our entire world."  


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