Giant puppets took to the streets of inner-city Christchurch last night as part of the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA), and thousands of people piled into the CBD to see the extravagant creations.
The puppet characters were all loosely based on the 14th century Canterbury Tales books by Geoffrey Chaucer, with hundreds of people volunteering to drive the 20m-tall puppets, all relishing the chance to do something a bit out of the ordinary.
The puppets were the headline act for the festival, which has been on show around the city all weekend. Also on display were exhibitions like a nomadic sauna.
Everything featured was a temporary project, but organisers hope they may influence the city's long-term recovery.
"It's all these people offering their urban dreams for Christchurch on the vacant sites, not just with words and not just with imagery, but actually on the street or vacant site," says FESTA director Jessica Halliday.
The puppets, though, were in town for one night only.
source: newshub archive