Giant Lady Godiva puppet to visit Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

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RUGBY will receive a visit from a giant Lady Godiva puppet as she completes the first stage of her trip from Coventry to London later this month.

Imagineer Production’s 21st Century Godiva puppet (6 metres high) will Awake in Coventry. Powered by 100 cyclists joined in a specially made frame, Lady Godiva will then journey to London to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

Her first stop is at Rugby and the town will celebrate her arrival with music, dance and performances in front of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on 30 July, from 1 – 4.30pm after a morning’s journey from Coventry. She will also be on show at Rugby School for a free ticketed evening event, though all tickets have now been allocated.

The six metre high Godiva is a large-scale puppet constructed out of lightweight materials. Operated by a team of puppeteers, Godiva’s movement and expressions are achieved through a combination of traditional puppetry and modern animation techniques. Truly representative of the 21st Century in her creation, Godiva has been created through combining long established puppetry techniques with modern engineering.

The Cyclopedia is the structure that Godiva rides on, powered by 23 cyclists at a time on her journey to London. Producing a road-going multi-seated cycling machine capable of travel to London and powering Godiva requires a structurally sound and innovative design. The Cyclopedia draws on Coventry’s past ingenuity in bicycle design and uses contemporary light weight materials, technology and human power in the design, working with local Rugby firm Shaws Steel.

Organisers of the event, Rugby Borough Council and Rugby School, have worked with many partners and sponsors who have supported the event including Arts Council England, Asda, Rugby First and the Co-op.

Godiva Awakes is part of Artists taking the lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 CulturalOlympiad, funded by Arts Council England.

Further information on the event is available at www.rugby.gov.uk/GodivaAwakes or from the Rugby Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217.