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Radiance Festival 2 – Sharmanka Travelling Circus

Posted by Jackie on November 28, 2007

Actually I’m not sure if this was part of the Radiance Festival or not but it was just along the road from yesterday’s picture, and caught my eye.

The Sharmanka Travelling Circus was created in 1988 by the Russian Eduard Bersudsky and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. It’s a theatre of “kinetic sculpture”, where hundreds of figures made out of scrap perform a choreography to music and light. This window display was advertising the circus, which is actually based in a different building. Sharmanka is apparently the Russian word for barrel-organ or hurdy-gurdy. I just thought the figures were interesting – full of personality, and slightly creepy with it. I had no idea it existed till I walked past this window on Sunday night – I must check out the actual Circus itself some day.

4 Responses to “Radiance Festival 2 – Sharmanka Travelling Circus”

  1. ro_pumpkin said

    i’m really not sure about you making a fortune from a restaurant . not in romania anyway . and not with a vegetarian one . but decent and honest and afordable restaurants are clearly something that we need . so , anytime you decide to come back … hahaha

  2. Beautiful display, very whimsical. It would’ve caught my eye too. Tho colors and the light, very, very nice.

  3. glasgowdailyphoto said

    Thanks guys!

    Ro_Pumpkin, if there had been a decent vegetarian restaurant they’d have made a fortune out of me anyway! 😀

  4. Rob said

    This looks like a marvelous circus, bright colors, and as you have said, kind of creepy. I hope you get a chance to revisit this circus with your camera too.

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