Totem Pole - Rugby World Cup 2015


Totem Pole – Opening and Closing Ceremony October 2015

I was the lead sculptor in creating a 6 metre high cardboard totem pole commissioned by Walk the Plank arts to celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015 five nations parade in Exeter.

Each section of the totem pole represents one of the five nations with the chief head on the top of the pole to represent the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Team as the host stadium.

The finished totem pole was installed in the Fan zone in Northernhay Gardens for the duration of the world cup with a night time closing ceremony.

The totem pole is currently installed at the Sandy Park stadium, home of the Exeter Chiefs.

Each section was crafted from recycled card, layered up to produce 3D elements/features.

Chief Head – Exeter Chiefs

Turtle – Tonga

Wolf – Italy

Oak Leaves – Romania

Oryx – Namibia

Rose – Georgia

All work was supported by a talented team of support artists.

Students from Exeter College and University of Exeter contributed to the construction within workshop sessions.

The painting was completed by lead painter Candida Boyes.