Yesterday, Mr G and me embarked on an adventure to Liverpool to see real life giants. Now, it’s not very often you can say that you’re off to see giants, and I’m not sure how many times I’ll actually get to say it again in my life, but I’m so glad that I could at least once. The Giant Spectacular event, was truly that, and the work of Royal de Luxe has been astounding. The sheer scale of the operation really did have to be seen to be believed.
For three days, much of Liverpool came to a standstill to bear witness to the journeys of the Little Girl Giant, her dog, Xolo, and her Uncle. Not only did these giants walk through the streets: they had costume changes, slept, snored, emerged from the docks, travelled on a boat, rode a scooter, had a wee (the dog) and jumped over the Chinese Arch. Yes, a 50ft tall giant dressed in a diving suit cleared the Chinese Arch.
The puppets themselves were beautiful and incredibly expressive, responding to the de Luxe team as they swung and abseiled on rigging around them. They seemed fully aware of their surroundings and the crowds around them, which was utterly captivating. We got to see all three giants and were lucky enough to see the Uncle wake from his siesta outside St George’s Hall. Here’s just a few of the photos we took:
But there was so much that we didn’t get to see, and I really wished we’d be able to stay long enough to see them reunited at the end of the day.
Thankfully, though, there’s already thousands of photos and hours of youtube footage available, but I’ve found these links are good places to start for a great overview of the past three days: Liverpool Echo & Liverpool Live TV.