Friday, December 31, 2010

My first creature ever...

Found an old photo of the first creature sculpt i ever did. I sculpted it out of wet clay and inserted a dental cast I stole from my brother and marbles for the eyes. (Not in the picture is my mother holding the "Thing" - rumpled and half sleeping, because I woke her up at three in the morning. I was afraid that the sculpt would crack before I could take a photo of it.)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cirque Obscure on Youtube

We invite you to join us on Youtube:


In WW1 the German Army gave its soldiers footwraps instead of socks. They protected against running sore, kept warm and absorbed sweat.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

WW1 Tornister

Collecting for "Trenches"

Found an old box...

Found a dusty box with old stuff...
Puppet design for "The Steam Train" / Figurentheater Raphael Mürle

Monday, December 27, 2010


I started to collect original World War One items.
Important to get a feel for the materials and surfaces.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Puppet Design - "The racing steam train"

These are puppets I built for a German puppet theatre. The characters were highly deranged, insane and with split personalities. The design was a subtractive process, carving the heads out of wet clay and later rebuilding them in paper macheé.
The play: "The racing steam train" from Ignacy Witkiewicz 

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Concept Art / Trenches

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Christmas truce

The Christmas truce was a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas of 1914, during the First World War. Through the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides independently ventured into no man‘s land, where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs.


Concept Art / Trenches

Gevatter Tod wants to play.


Story Idea:  
A woman with a blood stained dress and a knive in her hand...
The play goes (jumps) backward in time and reveals a chain of gruesome events thru animated objects and puppets.


Concept Art / Trenches
Puppet on strings - without legs

Monday, December 20, 2010

Proto 02

Concept Art / Trenches

Prototype "Trenches"

Trenches: Concept Art

Historical Uniform

Research: Historical french WW1 uniform and equipment

First concept art

First concept art for a puppet play for adults inspired by letters from World War 1.
Working Title:
Trenches . Graben . Tranchées

Friday, December 17, 2010