Mechanical puppet wins National Lottery

The Man Engine, the UK’s largest mechanical puppet built to celebrate Cornish mining heritage has been granted a National Lottery Award.

Created by Catz alum Will Coleman (1981, Zoology), the Man Engine is a giant mechanical miner standing at 11.2m – the height of two and a half double decker buses. In summer 2016, he spent two weeks touring Cornwall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, helping people to share memories of those who worked and died in Cornish mines.

The project won the title of Best UK Arts Project with nearly 8000 public votes, after being shortlisted out of 1300 entries. Now, with funding from the National Lottery, Coleman has pledged to “awaken the Man Engine next Spring and share him with mining communities in England and Wales.”

(Photos courtesy of The National Lottery)