Photo of The Sultan's Elephant in London
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The Sultan's Elephant visited London in May 2006. Giant puppets of an elephant and a girl took to the streets, sightseeing through central London as part of a story played out over four days. The elephant was not just a performer - it was also a stage. As well as the people controlling it, there were actors walking around its platforms. At one point the Sultan's harem took a bath on the top as the elephant went around Piccadilly. The elephant had controllers sitting on it at various points (at least eight), and a lady in front with a remote control. What this picture can't capture is how gracefully the puppets moved. The girl walked naturally, as did the elephant. Every detail had been taken care of - the elephant's eyes, ears and trunk all moved realistically.
The Sultan's Elephant in London
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