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Bury students in the market for gigantic puppets




Students from St Benedicts School parade six giant puppets through Bury St Edmunds Market ''Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
Students from St Benedicts School parade six giant puppets through Bury St Edmunds Market ''Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Art became larger than life when students from St Benedict’s Catholic School took to the streets with their market-themed puppets on Saturday.

About 170 year eight students have spent months building the six puppets as part of a joint project with Bury St Edmunds Market, led by artist in residence Louise Gridley.

Students from St Benedicts School parade puppets through Bury market
Students from St Benedicts School parade puppets through Bury market

The puppets were paraded from Angel Hill to weave through the market.

Louise said: “People were a bit perplexed and awe struck by the size of the puppets – they were three metres tall.”

But this was more than just a paints and handicraft project because each class had to budget for suitable materials and manage building their puppet themselves.

They also had to take public safety into account by using flame resistant materials and ensuring nothing fell off the puppets.

Students from St Benedicts School parade giant puppets through Bury market
Students from St Benedicts School parade giant puppets through Bury market

Louise added: “We tried to make them waterproof, though one class had tissue paper hair which we were worried about.”

The school’s art students also had a craft stall selling their own work on the market (which is there again today) and their Market Project will culminate in a two-week exhibition at Market Cross Gallery (formerly Smith’s Row) from 4 to 17 July.

The puppet parade forms up on Angel Hill
The puppet parade forms up on Angel Hill


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