Every year giant puppets take over the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Huge glowing figures up to 100 feet long, prowl the streets proudly held aloft by the local children that helped create them. The Giant Puppet Project is a community arts project, which provides an outlet for disadvantaged children to express themselves and raise their confidence through art.
The largest project of its kind in Cambodia, The Giant Puppet Project involves three weeks of workshops where children from local schools, vocational facilities, ‘street kid’ organizations and child landmine survivors participate in educational workshops where they learn history and then craft ancient style Chinese dragon puppets with Cambodian environmental, cultural, safety and other relevant themes.
There is a strong carnival atmosphere as the entire town turns out to cheer on and encourage the children who have worked so hard on their projects. Their pride is evident and their smiles are highly infectious. If you are planning the visit Angkor Wat in January or February you may want to adjust your schedule to include this wonderful spectacle.
I have always been really freaked out by puppets. Team America haunts me to this very day, but the idea of addressing educational disadvantage through a project like this is wonderful! I would put aside my illogical puppet issues to see this!
I have to be honest, I am more freaked out by clowns than puppets. But, having said that, Team America was fairly haunting, and hilarious, as well.
Those puppets are incredible. I’d love to see the process behind it all; construction, fabrication, lighting. Very cool post.