During the Godiva Awakes project Imagineer worked with 17 engineering companies to create Godiva and the 10 metre tall cyclopedia which powered her to London in 2012.
Since then many of these partnerships have continued and new ones been made. Through these exciting creative relationships the ideas for new projects have begun to emerge shaping some of the future work and aspirations of the company.
The collaborations are a key part of the company’s work giving us access to some of the best technical and digital engineers and architects in the world.
The Bridge – Imagineer, Coventry Cathedral and Arup.
The collaboration began this year with the creation of a 15 metre paper bridge sited in Coventry Cathedral during The Festival of Imagineers 2016. The bridge was designed by Arup and created by 1,000 children to signal the beginning of a new collaboration and project for the Cathedral 100 Celebrations in 2018. The project will develop over the next two years to culminate in the design and construction of an unusual awe-inspiring sculptural bridge which will be situated in the ruins of the old cathedral as a potent symbol of the Cathedral’s relationships with many countries and communities across the world.
During 2018 Imagineer will commission a series of new and innovative performances to animate the structure. We hope then to be able to tour The Bridge and some of the commissioned work subsequently to outdoor festivals and events in the UK and abroad.
Walking With Elephants – Imagineer Productions, Imagineer Technologies,The Premier Group
A five year project culminating in 2021 when a herd of larger than life part animatronic – part puppeteered elephants arrive in Coventry. The elephant is an important symbol of the City – one of great strength which dates back to medieval times. The elephants resonate with the many communities who have arrived and settled in the City, many of them facing great danger in their own countries which has forced them to leave. The project aims to highlight the never ending plight of these incredible creatures who face potential extinction from poaching and greed, and also to enable people to experience their incredible beauty and the complexity and intimacy of their emotional lives. It will be a time when children can get up close to an Elephant without seeing these wonderful creatures in zoos or chained up in temples but meeting them briefly in an urban setting in their own terms and to gain respect for theirs and other animals freedom to roam the world without harm. We aim to create a transformational experience for a time where an audience can stand for a while looking at another being.
‘Pay attention, open your eyes, your ears and your heart, for these creatures have something to tell you that you really need to know.’
The Imagineerium Initiative – Imagineer productions, Medwell Hyde, Network Rail, Warwick University including support from Jaguar, MTC, Advanced Propulsion Centre, The Imagineering Foundation, Samphire STEM and Coventry University.
This is a new education initiative with Primary Education which fuses subjects in the National Curriculum together within an imaginative framework for a more holistic form of child centred learning where the arts and sciences come together and professionals from across sectors work with children and teachers on authentic commissions.
Failed Spaces Project – Imagineer Productions and IDP
There are spaces in the City which could do with some serious creative thought. During The Festival of Imagineers a group of interested people – business representatives, historians, architecture students and artists began to work together to identify spaces and imagineer alternative creative solutions. It is our ambition to realise some of the developing ideas in future festivals.