Pictures: Solar Flare

The expansion and rebuilding of Solar Flare was commissioned by The Fool Factory in 2002. Solar Flare is described as 'a giant, cybernetic articulated stilt-walking silver and black manga style alien character, with flashing lights and surreal noises still hot from entry into the Earth's atmosphere'.

Design © Mark Johnson and Hilary Talbot

Back view of the body section. The top four shells are articulated to fold into each other for head movement, and the largest is about a metre in diameter

Arm and claw. All the pieces of this body suit are shaped from sheet foam and covered with silver stretch vinyl.

The huge Manga-style legs.
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