Rugby had a very special visitor today…a 20 foot tall Godiva! She is making the journey over the next week down to London as part of the cultural celebrations for the Olympic Games and will visit Northampton, Milton Keynes, Luton, Hatfield and Waltham Abbey before arriving at Waltham Forest on August 5.
Godiva’s journey to London is being powered by 100 cyclists who will take Godiva and her horse down to London.
We were lucky enough to arrive for the parade just as they were taking her through the gates at Rugby School. You can really see the sheer size of her when you compare her to the men standing around her feet.
If you want to read more or see the break down of the schedule, then pop over to the official site. If you are within reach of her route then it is well worth trying to see her. She is a real piece of art.
There was a tremendous amount of engineering behind her to make her animated and life-like.
From a textile point of view I couldn’t help wonder about the man-handling that had to take place to make her clothing. Can you imagine having to push all that fabric under the machine!!
There was quite a bit of detailing on her clothes and I only managed to snap this close-up as she floated by, but the quote is quite fascinating.
“People were quite happy with their jobs and content to put handles on cups all day, I wanted more than to be covered in clay…”
Here she is walking into Coventry…
You can see her departure from Coventry with her 100 cyclists and horse in this video...
Until next time...♥