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Friends of Crusoe

Drac d'Or Award of the category of Street Arts at the 30th edition of the Puppets' Fair of Lleida

Let's take back the streets as a place to play!

After the shipwreck, sad and alone on an island, Crusoe was bored.

Fortunately he had the wreckage with him and all the time in the world…

Friends of Crusoe is a street interactive installation hand-made built in the workshop of the company Toc de Fusta. Friends of Crusoe consists of 21 spaces formed by grand scale automatas beating wings above the audience, two faces automatas moving when someone is playing on the other side, puppet automatas, mechanical games and puzzles about Crusoe’s travel. In addition, a youngsters space for children from the age of 2 so that they can play according to their rhythm.

An invitation to remove hands from the pockets and discover freely and without instructions each mechanism, to give the imagination a main role. Thanks to wit and dexterity, the spectators become the main characters of an intergenerational playful and creative leisure space!

Friends of Crusoe has been the company's project in recent years. In constant evolution, new games and automatas were added up until two collections were completed.

Friends of Crusoe

  • 15/06/19: Dagfest (Dagenham, UK)
  • 22/06/19: Hola Verano (Logroño, La Rioja)
  • 22-23/06/19: GDIF: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (London, UK)
  • 6-7/07/19: Festival Par Has'ART (Pontault-Combault, France)
  • 2/08/19: Hernani (Hernani, Guipúzcoa)
  • 9-11/08/19: Open Flair (Eschwege, Germany)
  • 20/09/19: Manobras (Jardim da Várzea, Pombal, Portugal)
  • 21/09/19: Manobras (Jardim do Amor, Alcobaça, Portugal)
  • 22/09/19: Manobras (Parque Sao Lourenço, Abrantes, Portugal)
  • 21-22/09/19: La Mercè (Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm, Barcelona)


Created and constructed by Alfred Borràs, Albert Utgé and Laura Utgé
Produced by Toc de Fusta


The technical rider of the installation is very simple:

  • A space (a square or a street) of about 4000 FT2..
  • With acces and parking place for a big van.
  • Elecricity is not needed.
  • Assembling time: 2 hours.
  • Dismantling time: 1 h 30 min.

(you can watch the video subtitled in English)

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