Part man, part puppet, Man Machine will be a 12m-high steam-powered giant with real fire in his belly, a beating beam-engine in his heart and, according to creator Will Coleman, the “entire Industrial Revolution in his head”.
Said to be the UK’s largest ever puppet, Man Machine will be part of Tinth, the celebrations that mark the 10th year since the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.
From 25 July to 6 August, this colossus will make his journey from Tavistock to Lands End, walking and crawling through each one of the ten World Heritage Site mining areas.
Along the way he will be accompanied by more than a dozen ‘miners’ and ‘bal-maidens’ who will animate the steam-powered giant, heaving on coal, ensuring that flames roar, and steam belches.
Liverpool has enjoyed visits by spectacular giant puppets in recent years – and they may return this summer – so the Cornwall tin man should be quite a spectacle.