The following is art at its best. A spectacle for spectacle's sake. Pure, creative expression. I can only imagine what it must be like to witness this in person. The lucky Parisian's got to see this in 2005, and now the City of London will be playing host to The Sultan's Elephant, Thursday 4 - Sunday 7, 2006.
Since the Royal de Luxe website is in French and I don't speak or read a word of it, this is the story as far as I can tell...
Large, wooden capsule crashes in church's square. Inside is revealed the young pilot. The small giantess is received by the Sultan, astride his even-larger elephant. Once they have met, exhausted by her trip the giantess takes a nap.
The Royal de Luxe has loads of pictures and some video of this event, which are all worth viewing.
From the British Site:
"The Sultan’s Elephant is a spectacle you’ve only imagined... Created by theatrical magicians Royal de Luxe, it tells the story of a sultan from far-off lands and his magical, time-travelling mechanical elephant. Forty feet high and 42 tonnes in weight, this beautiful creature will capture the hearts and minds of everyone who sees it.
The Sultan’s Elephant is played out over four days in the streets, squares and public spaces of central London. Whether you dip into it for three hours or follow its progress for three days, this breathtaking show will live in your memory forever."
I know this is all but an impossiblity, but I wish Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts could play host to this.