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STORM has planted 100 trees with

Vision Mechanics started a Grove of trees in the Caledonian Forest to mark the STORM project. These trees hold all our promises to tackle climate change and re-wild Scotland. Thousands of families witnessed our Sea Goddess’s journey. Join us and together we can plant trees and watch them grow into a beautiful forest. A hope of a better future for our children.

Watch STORM’s Journey

Click the image above to open the comic book!

STORM: The Origin Story Comic Book

Read all about how STORM began her historic journey. Click on the comic to start reading!

STORM Across Scotland

Dates will be listed here once they have been announced.

Because of COVID19 restrictions many of our events will require pre-registration. There will be limits on the numbers of tickets available, these limits will have been set following negotiations with the Local Authority and Police Scotland. Exact details of those STORM events will only be given to those who have registered for a ticket.

STORM’s appearances are being live streamed right here and via social media channels – links will be listed nearer the time.

STORM’s Upcoming Appearances

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STORM’s Previous Appearances


STORM, a ten metre tall goddess of the sea, has emerged from the deep to encourage us all to celebrate our seas, care for our coastlines and empower us all to put the environment first.

Two years in the making, STORM is a new feat of mechanical mastery created in response to the climate crisis by the formidable puppeteering duo Symon Macintyre and Kim Bergsagel. 

Made from entirely recycled materials, STORM’s eyes are the colour of oyster shells, her hair thick strands of kelp, her voice the chorus of the waves. Aided by eight puppeteers, STORM will walk the streets of Scotland. She began her journey as part of Celtic Connections’ inaugural Coastal Connections Day in January 2020, as one of the first events to mark Scotland’s official year of Coasts and Waters 2020. Now, following a break as a result of the pandemic, STORM is due to walk again in late summer and autumn 2021.

STORM is our most ambitious, challenging, and politically resonant project yet, and we are so thrilled to introduce you to her.

What is STORM?

STORM is a ten-metre tall puppet, a goddess of the sea, made entirely out of recycled and natural materials. STORM will walk the streets of Scotland, encouraging us all to celebrate our seas, encourage care for our coastlines and empower us all to put the environment first. 


What COVID19 Measures will be in place at a STORM event?

At each appearance Vision Mechanics will have negotiated with the Police and the Local Authority and will be operating in line with the relevant local and national guidelines. Specific local information will be available on the local event pages.


Where can I see STORM?

Details of each STORM appearance can be found on our Follow STORM page


Will I need to buy a ticket to see STORM?

 STORM appearances are free to attend. Please check the Follow STORM page to see if there are any registration requirements for a specific appearance. STORM will often be hosted by a partner event/festival who will have tickets on sale for a range of fabulous cultural events, some of which may be directly associated with STORM.


Will there be public toilets available for STORM appearances?

STORM will not normally provide additional public amenities, and will be scheduled to appear in city centres/town centres close to nearby public amenities. We will be appearing in cooperation with local businesses and local authorities. 


Is STORM suitable for all ages?

STORM is a family friendly outdoor spectacle, who will encourage children and adults alike to celebrate our seas, encourage care for our coastlines and empower us all to put the environment first.A handy comic book is available to help with sharing the story with the audience.


Will STORM take place if the weather is bad?

STORM will only be cancelled in the event of high winds or in the event of a Met Office weather warning for the area that we are appearing in. In the event of a cancellation, announcements will be made via our social media channels and on the website.


How do I get to a STORM appearance?

STORM is all about reducing our negative environmental impacts – so we are encouraging our audiences to walk, cycle or make use of public transport to come to see her (though we understand that this isn’t possible for everyone). Please check on each event page to see specific information relating to nearby walking and cycling routes, public transport and disabled parking facilities.


Who has made STORM?

STORM was conceived and created by the team at Vision Mechanics.


Who has funded STORM?

STORM has received national level funding from the National Lottery (via Creative Scotland), Arts and Business Scotland and Event Scotland. A.T. Best Handlers have kindly sponsored the year long production with the free hire of the Manitou telehandler (big red tractor) that drives the puppet as she walks.

Locally STORM will have received additional funding to bring her to each area this will be detailed on each of the local event pages.

Office Team

Symon Macintyre – Artistic Director

Tom Watton – Project & Production Manager

Catriona Smith – Administrative Assistance

Susan Wilson – Financial Administrator

Kim Bergsagel – Creative Director (Lead designer) 


Artistic Team

Sara Best – Lead Willower

Dave Barfoot – Lead Fabricator

Ingrid Scholes – Costumier

Tom Caine – Lighting Technician

Alice Knight – Maker 

Koren Dumbleton – Maker

Joseph Seal – Sound Mixer and Assistant Stage Manager

Mairi Campbell – Music and Soundscape Composition

David Gray – Music and Soundscape Composition

Gregg Dobson – Consultant Engineer (pre-fabrication)

Cameron Phair – Second Assistant Stage Manager


Volunteer Makers

Amy Shek

Fibi Cowley

Helen Bradburn 

Monika Wolf Murray

Puppeteers 2021 tour

Lead Puppeteer

Kim Bergsagel


Alice Knight

Catriona Smith

Dave Barfoot

Emma Reid

Ewan Macintyre

Jessica Innes

Lisette Boxman

Marie Williamson

Craig Sutherland

Nikoletta Louca

Rosamund McCormack

Rachael Macintyre

Production Team 2021 tour

Charles Macintyre – Stage Manager

Russell McMahon – COVID Officer

Tom Watton – Production and Event Manager


Vision Mechanics Board of Trustees

Adrian Barber

Maddy Berg

Isobel Gray

Anne Fleming

Helen Milne

Caroline Lyon

Richard Thomas

Tom Watton

Marketing and Communications Team

Colin Purves (It’s Alive Design)- Website, Animation and Video 

Emma Westwater – Marketing Designs

Ray Kane – Videographer

Lorna Simpson – Videographer

StoryTelling PR – Marketing and Communications

Loukia Kattis (Comic Book/Program Design)


With Special Thanks to 

Shona, and the wonderful people at Nutscene, Forfar

Students and Staff of Edinburgh College and Glasgow Kelvin College

Particular thanks to Meggy Viana  (Choreography), Stella Tobia (Film/TV)

A.T. Best Handlers Ltd – Richard Rose, John Shute & Lorna

All the team at Visit Scotland and Event Scotland and in particular Sarah Jane Dooley

Creative Scotland – Vanessa Boyd

Arts and Business Scotland – Carl Wood

Jonny Crombie

Storytelling PR Team – Emma Costello, Miriam Attwood, Mim Black, Harry Harris

George Brown & Sons (Leith)

Addison Conservation + Design

Findlay Lockie

STORM’s internal engineering was remodelled from original work by Simon Owen and Vladimero Guerriero created for Big Man Walking, by Vision Mechanics.

A full list of location specific credits will be available on the relevant STORM event page.

Vision Mechanics Ltd is a registered charity SCO23585

Volunteer to be in the STORM stewarding team – holding the cordon and keeping the puppet moving!