In 2016 the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site were looking for a BIG idea to celebrate their ‘tinth’ anniversary – they got one! The Largest Mechanical Puppet ever constructed in Britain steamed the length of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site with a live audience of 149,400 over 10 days. Following the success of the 2016 tour, the man engine is back.
The creator of the Man Engine, Will Coleman, explained the difference between the new daytime and night-time events which will take place at each of the Cornish venues saying: “Our ‘Afternooner’ will give families and Big Kids the chance to really get to know their favourite giant miner: there will be an industrial-scale feast of fun and frolics. The ‘Afterdarker’ promises an edgier explosive experience including white-hot pyrotechnics – sparks will fly. Suffice to say, we are cranking up the experience that held everyone spellbound last year and can’t wait for people across Cornwall to witness his new incarnation!”
It’s been a pleasure working with the man engine tour, the team were really inviting. From day one we felt part of the team. We’ve had a lot of creative freedom on this tour and worked with the crew to bring the man engine to life.
I’ve learnt a lot about England’s mining heritage the story behind the man engine is an emotional one. The man engine it’s self is an amazing feat of engineering, every time it raises during the show I notice new bits moving it blows my mind how the puppeteers bring him to life -Sam W