I was still not told what the project was exactly for, it was all so secretive, but I was very excited and was hired at the end of the interview.
This project it turned out, was that I was working with them on creating the opening scene for the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. It was a thought that I couldn't process. If you have no idea what this map is, don't worry, it took me a while to figure it out too, but I was in disbelief still.
We then proceeded to make it look real by shearing it, painting it, and
even adding small plastic plants to look like weeds for height and interest.
The base for the mountain, or the Tor, was just getting finished a day after we moved on site.
All those yellow high-vis are the team turfing up the Tor, which gives you an idea of the immense scale of the structure.
Once completed, the newly turfed Tor gave life to our surroundings, becoming the dominant feature in the stadium. This put many smiles on the faces of the people working there.
Each piece was on a growing mat with handles to make removal easier for the cast during the change from one scene to the next. Add that to more live pieces of material for me to care for.
with the meadow coming into effect after a few weeks of care,
This wrapped all the way around the stage itself. Each day this was watered, sometimes twice a day, and over time it went from spindly looking,
to a thicker,
and more lush planting.
Every few days the wildflower verge
was changing it's colors.
In total one day, I watered, for about 14 hours. My hard work, (and prune-like fingers!), was documented luckily by some newspapers and news channels that were filming the excitement happening in the Olympic park.
The people just filled up the stadium, around 80,000 total, and the set looked so real with all the characters and props on it.
The flock of sheep coming to the stage to graze on our meadow.....
The ladies with the geese...... (and the hedgerows!!!)
It all came together!!
Green and Pleasant it was......
Until the Brunel's (standing on the Tor!!).....
came and changed things (good bye set!)
into the Industrial Revolution.....(but look at those flowers!!!!lol)
and I always have my memories that I will take with me........