Artem Case Studies

London 2012, The Giant Puppets LOCOG

In total, Artem built four giant inflatable puppets for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.  Each had to be concealed within a bed of dimensions 4m x 2.5m 

Each puppet started life as a maquette and went through various stages of design and approval. 

The Red Queen's bed had to rise to 3m in to the air and rotate.  Pneumatic radio masts were used for the legs while the body was fully inflatable with a fabricated foam face.

Captain Hook's head hinged out of the bed and telescoped up and down, while his hooks were puppeteered on LED springs.

Cruella inflated into a long elongated figure, stretching out as the pack of Dalmatians pulled her round the stadium.  Inside the figure, puppeteers animated her head and arms while external puppeteers moved her legs. 

  • Live Events
  • Animation & Puppets
  • Mechanical Rigs
  • Sculpture
  • Special Costume
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