DHTML Menu By Milonic JavaScript


Home Article List & Search About Us Services


Giant Puppets on Parade as Seen in Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 11/20/2010 - www.Littleviews.com ]

>>  I was lucky to have seen the work of Cindi Olsman (artistic director of Puppets on Parade) on exhibit in a show called The Resurrection of Wonder: Bringing Mythical Giants to Life.

Seen in Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, which perserves the work of mosaic artist, Isaiah Zagar, the puppets appeared as an integral part of his colorful environment. Everything on display became far more than the sum of its parts!

Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman  at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

[NOTE: This exhibit has been extended through December, 2010. Check related websites for further details and possible extentions, then make every effort to see it as it is truly unique and very, very happy!]

When we saw it, the exhibit was scheduled to run between October 2 and November 8. It would be wonderful if Ms. Olsman's puppets could remain on display to be enjoyed forever after! Why? Because Isaiah Zagar's mosaics were influenced by South American folk art, as were the creation of these puppets by Ms. Olsman. Together, the mosaics and puppets match in texture, tone, and spirit.

Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman  at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

Giant puppets with paper mache heads and limbs are used in pageants, plays, and festival (religious and secular). Puppets like these are especially popular in Mexico, where they are known as "mojigangas."

Each puppet consists of sculpted paper mache head mounted on a frame, which itself is mounted on a long pole. It comes to life through the assistance of a prancing puppeteer who holds it up by the pole while hiding under its long costume. The puppet can be projected to almost three-times human height.

Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman  at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

Ms. Olsman has a Ph.D. in psychology and has studied in Argentina, Peru, Spain, and Mexico. During her travels, she became a stylist, painter, calligrapher, and, of course, giant puppet builder.

According to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens' website, Ms. Olsman created the ten exhibited puppets under the guidance of her mentor, Hermes Arroyo Guerrero in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Today, she and Hermes are partners in Philadelphia's Puppets on Parade.

Ms. Olsman is also the United States delegate for the International Circle of Friends of Giants. Visit its website to learn more about the historical and current use of giant puppets in pageantry around the world.

Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman  at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

You can commission the creation of giant puppets from Puppets on Parade for plays, special events, store displays, and even home decor. Contact info@puppetsonparade.com to literally make your wildest dreams come true.

If you rather try to build your own giant puppets, search the web on the subject of "create giant puppets"

Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman  at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

Related Information:

  • For more information about the setting of this exhibit, please see Littleviews' article, Pictures of Philadelphia Magic Gardens and Isaiah Zagar's Tile Mosaics.

  • If you would like to see more giant puppets, read Littleviews' article, Puppeteers' Cooperative and Its Puppet Free Lending Library in New York City and its companion article, Photos of Giant Puppets Created By the Puppeteers' Cooperative.

    Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman  at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

    I'll let the remaining photos speak for themselves and their exhibit space.

    Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman  at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

    Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

    Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman  at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

    Photos of giant Puppets on Parade by Cindi Olsman  at Philadelphia's Magic Garden in 2010

    Questions? Comments? karen@littleviews.com

    Article and photos by Karen Little. First published on 11/20/2010. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.







  • Receive our newsletter

    www.LetsKickScoot.com

















    Hosted by Lanex.com




    The Chemo Diary – Fourth and Last Dose

    The Chemo Diary – Third of four sessions – The best is yet to come?

    The Chemo Diary – Second of four sessions – How things change

    The Chemo Diary – 10 days following the first infusion

    Boy Band Makes Good

    Chemo – suggestions and thoughts about your first infusion

    Plant-Based Diet – Solving the Restaurant Problem

    Learning to Draw with Matt Brehm

    Try the Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet for Your Health and Maybe to Save Your Life

    Walkway Over the Hudson – The Most Accessible Route

    Intercourse Canning Company in Intercourse, PA

    Shopping at the Countryside Roadstand in Lancaster County, PA

    Visit Kingston, NY

    Mystic Seaport, Conneticut

    A Stroll Along Along the Palisade in Weehawken, NJ



    List of New York Discount Entertainment

    Locating Wine Tasting Classes

    List of New York Chocolate and Candy Shops

    List of New York Bookstores

    Group Running, Walking, and Biking Events

    List of Event Resources

    New York Hotel Rate Calculator and Gratuity Index


    Home      About Littleviews      Site Index