Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Everyone on the planet has heard of Cirque du Soleil and hopefully many of you have had the good fortune to see some of their shows. It's absolute magic! What you may not know is that the big tops are used and reused in a variety of original ways.
Cirque du Soleil tents were sent to Haiti after the disaster to provide shelter and to replace buildings that were razed. Did you know that the tents have 33,000 square feet of interior floor space and stand 61 feet high? These tents originally cost 5 million dollars.
The big tops have in fact spawned an entire industry. Many products and souvenirs available in Cirque du Soleil gift shops are made from big tops that are no longer in use. There are gorgeous handbags, back packs, umbrellas, and decorative items all made of big tops. Owner and Founder Guy Laliberte not only talks the talk; he walks the walk. For Christmas 2008 he gave artits a handbag made from the tarp of a retired Cirque big top tent. The handbags are made of the recycled material and fit into Cirque “eco-friendly” attitude, as well as featuring the wonderful bright yellow and blue of the traveling Cirque big tops.
Countless companies are making products from authentic Cirque du Soleil big top tent material. These unique products give a second life to these genuine circus tents and give everyone the opportunity to own a piece of Cirque du Soleil.
Posted by Geri at 5:31 PM