Giant Elephant: Weighing 40 tons and measuring 12 m high, this mechanical elephant, designed by François Delarozière, with hundreds of moving parts and pistons was largely made of reclaimed poplar together with steel and flapping leather ears, was operated by 22 manipulators and could carry 30 people. It was the star of the live theatre show, The Sultan's Elephant. photo by Stox-Ideas Playground
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The Moirai were the goddesses of fate who personified the inescapable destiny of man. They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things. Their name means "Parts", "Shares" or "Alottted Portions." Zeus Moiragetes, the god of fate, was their leader. Klotho, whose name means "Spinner," spinned the thread of life. Lakhesis, "Apportioner of Lots"--measured the thread of life. Atropos, "She who cannot be turned," cut the thread of life. Art by Kyle Thompson.