PEARL & CELESTE

Puppet

PEARL & CELESTE

In The Fields of Wonderfruit, a celestial space cat searches for his oceanic pearl; at sunrise and sunset, these giants embrace and spread their love to the world. This is the story of Pearl & Celeste, a puppet ballet of vast proportions conceived by Nice Monster, a Bangkok-based studio creating animation and puppets, they use their work as a call to arms against the current environmental crisis. In Pearl & Celeste, the puppets’ external shells will be created from plastic waste, with designs that take inspiration from motion, nature and pioneers of the art world like Miyazaki, Bauhaus and Bowie.

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HOW PLASTIC WASTE WAS TRANSFORMED INTO GIANT PUPPETS
Concerned about the impact ocean waste is having on the environment, Nice Monster pitched in to create this giant puppet project here in Bangkok. Supporting Wonderfruit’s ethos of a sustainable, environmentally bright future we started to plan how to effectively turn street trash into a ballet inspired story. We started exploring the possibilities we had with the plastic and how to use the material to create two puppets approximately 5 meters high. The design stage was inspired by multiple facets, one being nature and one being space. From an early stage we set out the narrative that one of our puppets would travel down from a far out galaxy and the other from deep in the ocean, they would spend 3 days at the festival discovering the planet and falling in love. This concept inspired our design stage with all of Celeste design elements pointing down to earth and Pearls pointing upwards. The spiralling shapes we used on the space man were inspired by the pull of a black hole and the swirling plastic on Pearl inspired by Ocean coral. The whole process is proof that Nice Monster is fast becoming the go to puppet maker in Asia.