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Austin artists build giant insect puppet bicycles

Featuring larger-than-life creatures powered by pedals, Austin Bike Zoo is a one-of-a-kind blend of puppetry and cycling. This “human-powered puppetry” was born out of a passion to combine the beauty and strength of human movement with the artistry and theater of puppets and a dedication to creating interactive works.

With collaborative support from the Austin, Texas, community, the zoo presents a new take on classical plays, transforming Shakespeare into a circus performance. Featuring a vast menagerie of creatures including an 80-foot long rattlesnake, Austin Bike Zoo aims to educate and inspire while touring the country with their mobile majestic zoo.

Video produced by Chelsea Hernandez and Mario Troncoso for KLRU’s Arts in Context. Local Beat is an ongoing series on Art Beat that features arts and culture stories from PBS member stations around the nation.

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