‘Honey For The Heart’: Giant Puppets Come Alive In Athens Halloween Parade

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Athens, Ohio was recently described by a South American visitor as "Honey for the Heart."

The best-kept secret in the town is an art project with the same title. Over the course of three weeks, culminating in a Halloween-weekend parade, "Honey for the Heart" welcomed Athens community members, Ohio University students and adults and children of all ages to an art studio on Carpenter street, where everyone collaborated to create giant puppets and balloon art. 

Artists in residence Patty Mitchell and Robert Lockheed worked with Wendy Minor, puppeteer Daniel Polnau and balloon artist "Doc" Hay on the project, which began in 2012 and aims to bring art and harmony to the community.

In the parade, the puppets – which were as big as 15-feet tall and were worn by those who made them – came alive.

In the first of WOUB's Visual Shorts, we followed the process, creation and showcasing of these majestic pieces of art.

Video produced by Grant Burkhardt and Evan Shaw