We were asked by Great Yarmouth Arts Festival to make an archway spanning the path leading up to The Minster in Great Yarmouth. The arch design was to be inspired by two crossing mammoth tusks.
After some planning and preparation we arrived on site very early on Thursday morning (June 4th 2015) and began to lay out the tusk outlines using willow. Much of the willow we used was grown at Potter Heigham and donated to us by the Broads Authority.
The frameworks started to take shape
Once the frameworks were in place we covered them in curved woven willow
People came along and helped out, some for just a while, others for many hours
Once covered with woven willow we moved the tusks onto the path
and fixed them together
We strengthened the structure using giant bamboo
And lifted the arch into place
Everyone involved feels very pleased with the final archway
It took us nearly 12 hours, and was hugely enjoyed by all involved.
The archway took centre stage in the Festival’s opening ceremony, where the Mayor cut a ribbon willow to mark the start of the festival.