The Story of The Tusk Arch

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.

marking out

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

carrying the tusks

and fixed them together

fixing together

We strengthened the structure using giant bamboo

preparing to hoist

And lifted the arch into place


Everyone involved feels very pleased with the final archway

rainy arch

looking up

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.

ribbon cutting

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