Arba the Eagle Puppet

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Description (Brief)
Arba the eagle is a large rod and hand puppet made by the Patchwork Puppet Productions, an Emmy award winning company, in 1975. . The eagle is made of wool felt, with red, blue and gray feathers and a white head with a yellow beak and claws. His basic form is made of foam, wire and cardboard. . The head, his mouth and one wing are manipulated by one hand and arm, while the other wing is manipulated with an attached rod.
After four years at the puppet theater at the Smithsonian Institution, puppeteers Ingrid Crepeau, Sarah Toth Yochum and Julian Lochum formed their own company in 1974 and created the Washington D..C. Patchwork Puppet Productions Inc. Their life size puppets were a vital part of the highly acclaimed television series "Sneakers". They also performed musical shows, political satire and educational films.
Arba was commissioned by the U.S. Bicentennial Commission to perform public television announcements celebrating the Bicentennial on July 4, 1976. He also appeared in a series of public service announcements in the mid 1970s.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1976
date made
1975
user
Patchwork Puppet Productions
U.S. Bicentennial Administration
maker
Patchwork Puppet Productions
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
felt (overall material)
wood (overall material)
synthetic foam (overall material)
wire (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 52 in x 94 in x 17 in; 132.08 cm x 238.76 cm x 43.18 cm
ID Number
1979.0124.01
accession number
1979.0124
catalog number
1979.0124.01
subject
Puppetry
Television broadcasts
Children's television programs
related event
Bicentennial Celebration of the American Revolution
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Puppets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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