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  • Original Release Date: 3.08.2009 Download this press release in Word format Download high resolution publicity photos BIG MAN WALKING (BMW), a jaw dropping project created by The Puppet Lab and Puppet Animation Scotland (PAS) is set to make a ‘giant’ impact on numerous communities across the country when he takes his first steps later this year. This collaborative group received funding from the Scottish Arts Council Inspire Fund to create an amazing eight metre high Giant Big Man that will stride across Scotland to visit six communities and create a festival of arts events that celebrates his arrival. This eight metre high creation, the like of which has never been seen in Scotland before, will be visiting each community planning their own unique celebrations to welcome their guest. It is hoped that his visit will leave a huge impact not only on those communities directly involved with the project but with those further afield. People from across the country and indeed the globe will also be able to experience the celebrations from the Big Man’s point of view, with a camera installed in his head to record all the spectacular happenings, leaving memories for all to enjoy. Innovation and development of puppetry within the fields of visual performance arts has always been a central aim of The Puppet Lab, and the Big Man Walking represents an exciting and awe-inspiring development with regard to bringing new audiences to puppetry as an art form. Symon Macintyre, Artistic Director of the BMW project, says: “Our Giant – ‘The Big Man’ - is a wondrous 25 foot high visitor who has awoken from another, mythical world, just beyond ours. He has come to Scotland to hear our songs, to take part in our celebrations and to enjoy our hospitality. It seems fitting that in 2009 The Year of Homecoming not only are our Scottish descendants re-visiting the Country but also our myths and legends are rising up from the past. Scotland has always had giants, now we get to see them.” Simon Hart, Associate Producer of the BMW project says: “Big Man Walking is about celebrating who we are and what we can achieve as a community. The project (BMW) to involves a network of local authorities and local artists who have all been inspired to create their own unique welcome celebrations for the arrival of the Big Man. As the Big man walks down the High street in 2009 all that he sees from belly dancers to free runners will be broadcast directly to the internet Puppet Lab. The Big Man eyes are cameras that record every detail of his visit. All in all, this promises to be an event to tell your Grandchildren about.” For further information please contact: Gillian McCormack | Material | T: 0141 204 7970 | M: 07792423012 | E: Leroy Harris | Material | T: 0141 204 7970 | M: 07708742120 | E: Dana Macleod | Marketing Director | M: 07866603147 | E: This project was: - Developed by The Puppet Lab and Puppet Animation Scotland - Supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council - Sponsored by Cat Finning and by Genie (a Terex Brand) - New Arts Sponsorship Grant Supported by the Scottish Government in conjunction with Arts & Business Scotland - Produced in Association with City of Edinburgh Council, Homecoming Scotland, Step-up Project, Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme, Argyll & Bute Council, Arts & Theatres Trust Fife, Fife Council, Buckie Festival, Moray Council, Invergordon Off the Wall, and Inverclyde Council