As the turn of the year, 10-meter-tall superheroes made out of paper were erected on the main streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and Pacific port, in local tradition to say goodbye to 2015 while ushering in 2016.
(Soundbite) Rene Benitez, Puppet Artisan
“I have built them since July and I made 150 to 200 puppets. You can take photo with them, right before the New Year with 50 cents for each photo. People are happy with the puppets.”
Children and parents were exhilarated to see the characters coming off TV or movie screens and comic books, a dream coming true on the eve of New Year.
(Soundbite) Boris Cajas, Puppet Artisan
“We always look for a theme related with animated series or action films. The public acceptance is good, not only here but elsewhere.”
As decades-old tradition has it, the paper puppets will be burnt in January 2016, showcasing the departure of 2015 and the descending of the New Year.