31 Jan 2024

The art of giant puppeteering

From Nights, 10:30 pm on 31 January 2024

A giant puppet is coming to Auckland's Aotea Square in February.

Hand-woven using over one kilometre of rope, and more than 600 LED lights, the behemoth is named Leor and stands over four metres tall, and is designed to be puppeteered by the 12 people at once.

It's part of Auckland Live's Summer in the Square, and the puppet's creator Leon Hendroff talks to Emile Donovan about his dear creation and the art of puppeteering.

A giant puppet, rigged to a large square scaffold, is puppeted by several people holding long strings.

Leon Hendroff's puppet Leor being operated. Photo: Mitchell Hancock