The Man Engine

September 2, 2016

Part of the 10th Anniversary of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, Man Engine has been walking the roads of southwestern England representing the Cornish mining industry.

Volvo Construction Equipment loaned a L220G wheel loader to Golden Tree Productions to power the giant puppet. Man Engine stands over 30 feet tall with a giant beam engine as a rocking neck, mining ‘head gear’ sheave wheels as shoulders, cast iron flanges and rivets throughout and excavators for hands.

This smoking, belching man-monster-machine is the brainchild of Will Coleman of Cornwall’s Golden Tree Productions, drawing on the big puppet talents of Hal Sylvester and engineers, fabricators, welders, smoke and lighting experts and artists from across the southwest.

Watch him unfold here: