For Festival of the World, a colossal baobab tree has sprung up at Southbank Centre. The sculpture is made from stacks of fabric rings using material from around the globe. Created by Pirate Technics with help from 30 Masters students of Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, the fabrics represent their communities of origin, so each ring tells a story. Our baobab tree is 15 metres tall and celebrates global creativity and diversity.
The sculptures are made using British willow that is interwoven and shaped around steel armature by talented artist Emma Stothard, who has been invited by HRH The Prince of Wales to exhibit her willow sculptures on the Orchard Lawns at Highgrove.