What's that hooting and groaning, as though distant Scottish pipers were sneaking up on you? It's a large tartan... a kind of kilted...a sort of person made of different clans, all scrambled up with screeching and skirling sounds, gliding up behind you with dark intention....

Carapace Burlesque is a 2 metre tall sculpture made from recycled kilts. It is remotely controlled by Stephanie Douet, and has a nasty bagpipe soundtrack by Tudor Lukies choking and gurgling under its crinoline. Mark Wrighton makes the radio-controlled part.

Friday, 17 September 2010


Thsi delightful picture was taken at the 7 Dials Festival. My robot, looking slightly strained like a horse refusing a high hedge, pottered around the garden of St Giles church,  muttering confused bagpipe tunes and getting stuck on the ancient pavings. 3 lovely dancers started mimicking its movements, hanging their hands floppily and spinning slowly around. It was CHARMANT!!

Someone refered to the Scottish One as HIM - how can this be??

The photographer is Adam Levy and for more images of the Festival go to his website http://adamlevy.zenfolio.com/seven-dials

COMING NEXT: The robot & I visit the Hospital Club in Covent Garden for the Wolf & Badger Graduate Awards for London Fashion Week.

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