The Magical Menagerie

You Brits are lucky lucky bastards!  Royale de Luxe, the same folks who created the brilliant puppetry of The Sultan’s Elephant and La Princesse, are installing a HUGE square carousel, the tallest of all carousels ever made.  Not in NY, unfortunately for us already spoiled New Yorkers who happily live at the center of the universe.  (So there.)

Le Manege Carre Senart is coming to England from France this coming July.  Someone want to buy me a plane ticket to the UK?  Pleeeeeze?

From the Artichoke website:

Artichoke is delighted to invite you to take a voyage into a fairytale world this summer.  For the third time, we are collaborating with the extraordinary artist-cum-engineer François Delarozière and his company La Machine. Acclaimed as a modern-day Michangelo, Delarozière designed the majestic 50’ elephant in Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant in 2006, and the astonishing spider La Princesse in Liverpool in 2008.

Now we bring you The Magical Menagerie: an installation with a difference: a huge, square carousel, as tall as a house and populated by all manner of strange mechanical creatures that can be operated by their riders, from gigantic buffalo to exotic fish and brightly-coloured insects.  In France known as Le Manège Carré Sénart, this astonishing interactive artwork was commissioned by the new town of Sénart, just outside Paris; since its unveiling in 2008, it has delighted thousands of visitors there as well as in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

We’re delighted to be collaborating with our partners Sky Arts to present it as one of the centrepieces of the new IF: Milton Keynes International Festival which is being produced by leading UK music venue, The Stables in association with Milton Keynes Gallery. And as a special festive treat, Sky are generously offering two tickets for the price of one, as well as a raft of extra entertainment to keep young and old amused on two Sky Sundays during the run.

Whatever age you are, please join us for an enchanting adventure that will remind you how it feels to be a child…

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