Tuesday, September 6, 2011

THE SULTAN'S ELEPHANT

OK, so sometimes it seems as though I've been asleep forever as I discover these wonderful things that happened YEARS AGO and I'm just finding them. So it is with the Sultan's Elephant. This is what wikipedia has to say (I've edited it down):

The Sultan's Elephant was a show created by the Royal de Luxe theatre company, involving a huge moving mechanical elephant......The elephant was designed by François Delarozière.  It was made mostly of wood, and was operated by 22 'manipulateurs' using a mixture of hydraulics and motors. It weighed 50 tons, as much as seven African elephants......
The elephant no longer exists: Helen Marriage of Artichoke, the company that produced the London performance, said "Royal de Luxe were so fed up with being invited all over the world to perform The Sultan's Elephant, they just destroyed it."
A replica of the elephant was built in Nantes (France) in 2007, as part of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes permanent exhibition. It is 20 feet tall.

This is just WONDERFUL!!





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