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Unique, custom, and one of a kind Puppets and Creatures
Ellie the Elephant
Ellie the Elephant is 9' long, 6' tall, Human Powered, Fully Mechanized Giant Puppet Creature made from reclaimed materials Artist: Kricket Caffery
Below are images so you can see how Ellie was built and what she is made from:
Mobility/Functionality:
I decided to build an elephant because it seems pretty complex.

Ellie the Elephant was 6' tall and 9.5' long, and was operated by one person inside, she required 2 safety/navigation assistants when in public.
EllieElephant is operated by one person inside.  The front legs are the legs of the operator, and the back legs are mechanically operated from the front.  When the operator is not inside, there are alternate front legs that fold down from inside to allow Ellie to remain standing.
Additionally, the operator can control the ears, trunk, mouth and eyes.

The front legs were the legs of the operator, and the back legs were pulley/lever operated from the front.  When the operator is not inside, there are alternate front legs that fold down from inside to allow Ellie to remain standing.


Additionally the operator could, and will still be able to make the mouth open close, the ears flap, the eyes look left and right, and the trunk curl.
PROJECT UPDATE:

ELLIE THE ELEPHANT in her full body form has been RETIRED (but...read on...)

This has been a very challenging decision for me given the amount of time, money, and creative energy I put into making Ellie, but she takes up WAY too much space in my workshop, she's 6' tall and 9.5' long, which severely limits other projects and my mental sanity, and she is not "earning" her keep.

So, I plan to MOUNT HER HEAD in such a way that all of the mechanical parts of her head can be INTERACTIVE, she'll also be way more manageable space-wise, and all the cool parts of her would still work (operator can make the mouth open close, the ears flap, the eyes look left and right, and the trunk curl).

Doing this will take some more money, time, creativity and resources to complete but will solve all of the other issues, and I won't have to completely discard her, since she is such an amazing creature.


Stay posted to see her evolution...
Ellie the Elephant was built using the following materials:
 
Ash Wood*, Tire sidewall rings*, 
Steel, Dowels*, Rubber tubing*, Crutches*, Wheels,
Fabric*, Ribbon, Foam*, Hot Glue, Dryer vent duct, Mini Frisbees*, String*, Styrofoam Balls, Zip Ties, Velcro*, String*, 
Electrical Tape, Pulleys, Hinges,
Paint, Chop Sticks*, Tent Poles*,
Turnbuckles, Hose clamps, Slide Locks, Lots of random hardware bits*

  * = reclaimed material (in part or in full)

"I take materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill and turn them into art which inspires people!"
~Kricket Caffery
Puppet builder/artist/contraptioneer, 
and owner of PegStilts.com
Help Kricket get her Art seen and more Art made!

The large majority of the Art (creatures, puppets, and installations) that I make are made at my own personal expense.

Various times throughout the year I provide FREE (or donation based) entertainment at community events and street fairs;  bringing smiles, playtime, imagination, and inspiration to the masses of all ages, but it costs me money in order to do them, and often donations are no where near the cost of my expenses to be at the event.

Please CLICK HERE to find out more about how YOU CAN HELP.


Anything you can offer is greatly appreciated, thank you very much for your support and encouragement.


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