Gallery: Joey the War Horse


Joey the War Horse, a life-size puppet, stars in a public art exhibition held on Drostdy Lawns in Rhodes University.

The animation of the puppet — done by two people inside the body and one controlling the head — is impressively fluid and close to the real thing, even in the way it grunts. South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company created Joey for the stage production War Horse.

In the exhibition, Joey is led around Drostdy Lawns, imitating the natural actions of a horse, and also gives rides to children.

The 30-minute exhibition can be seen one last time on Friday, 11 July, at 11am, and can be enjoyed by all ages.

— Kerushun Pillay and Kayla Lidstone