Memories of August 1914

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Grandmother, Little Girl and Xolo at Newsham Park, 25 July 2014

Memories of August 1914 was a five-day outdoor performance art event featuring giant marionettes, and took place in Liverpool, England, from 23 July to 27 July 2014.[1] The event started with the sleeping Grandmother on display in St George's Hall.[2] On the Friday, approximately 300,000 people watched the giants in the city.[3] On the final day, the giants left the city in a boat on the River Mersey, after making their way from Clarence Dock via The Strand.[4] Crowd estimates show that over the course of the weekend, more than 1.5 million people attended the event. [5]

It was designed and operated by the French street theatre company Royal de Luxe,[6] and featured two of the three giants, the Little Giant Girl and her dog, Xolo, that were used in the Sea Odyssey: Giant Spectacular in 2012.[1][7] The event is to mark 100 years since the start of World War I.[1]

See also[edit]

  • La Princesse, a 15-metre (50-foot) mechanical spider that roamed around Liverpool in 2008
  • The Sultan's Elephant, an event performed by Royal de Luxe in London in 2006, and in other cities


  1. ^ a b c "Sea Odyssey giants return to Liverpool for WW1 commemoration". BBC. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Liverpool Giants: 20,000 visit 'sleeping' Grandmother". BBC. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Liverpool Giants: Thousands watch second day of marionette show". BBC. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Liverpool Giants: Marionettes sail away in river boat finale". BBC. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Giants may be on the way back to Liverpool, reveals city Mayor Joe Anderson". Liverpool Echo. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Giant puppets return to Liverpool for commemorative WW1 event". Standout Magazine. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Confirmed: There will be giants". Liverpool Confidential. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 

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