30 July 2012
Last updated at 13:01
Godiva Awakes is the West Midlands' contribution to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
The 6m-tall puppet wound her way through Coventry's city centre, before departing to get ready for a journey to London.
Hundreds of people turned out to greet not only the puppet but also the team of 100 cyclists, who will be aboard the specially created Cyclopedia (a frame which links the tricycles together),
The Cyclopedia was designed to transport Godiva to London. The cyclists are members of cycling clubs from across the West Midlands.
Dancers, actors, aerialists, musicians and pyrotechnicians also took part in the carnival which surrounded Godiva Awakes.
Imagineer Productions, which helped co-ordinate the event, said 220 young people paraded through the streets of Coventry in celebration of Godiva's journey.
In the legend, Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry in protest over the taxes the citizens were being forced to pay, but this Godiva was clothed.
Julia O’Connell worked with students at Coventry University to design her gown and her coat was made by a team of textile and glass artists from across the West Midlands.
Godiva will be carrying a Book of Intent, which was presented to the puppet from young people in the city. "The book is a symbol of the young people’s commitment to affect change in the world", said Imagineer Productions.
Godiva Awakes is one of 12 regional public art commissions to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, funded by Arts Council England.
The puppet will travel from Godiva's House at University Square in Coventry to the Olympic Borough of Waltham Forest.
Lady Godiva will be calling at Rugby, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Luton Hatfield and Northam Abbey on her journey to the capital.