I don't know why the television people haven't done something with it, but the pictures and story of the French Rocket Girl Giant Puppet and the elephant is about as enchanting as anything I have seen in weeks. With dsl you can see some tantalizing short clips that make you want to travel to France and see it in person. This is public art at it's most wonderful. Damn sight better than giant banners wafting in the breeze, if you ask me.
I must say that this was one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed. People got very involved in the story to the point where they interpreted what the Little Giant was feeling based on what she was doing and how she acted. They talked about her as a person, not a contraption. At one point we asked someone where she was and they told us that she decided to go out for a walk after her shower. In the evening people were saying that she was riding the elephant because she was sleepy. I didn't see it, but I was told that on Sunday morning the Little Giant had to pee — and when she did, all of the handlers turned their backs and looked away so as not to embarrass her. It's that kind of little detail, that kind of gesture, that allowed it to transcend mere puppetry. It's hard to believe without actually being there, but just watching her sleep fills you with emotion.Thanks Paulo Cohen-Myers.