the Carnival of 2002, Fox decided to take a rest from creating our
festival art on on computers. Spotting a child dancing on the playground
with a plumber’s drainpipe gave us just the inspiration
Maybe, we thought, such drainpipes could support large banners.
Then, we thought a little further - why not simply make the pipes
themselves our Carnival standards?
After some experiments, we found the pipes worked very well.
The backpacks we had used to anchor our earlier banners had
a few drawbacks on the road. The pipes, in contrast, were wonderful
ways: lightweight and easy to carry, simple to store on our lorry -
and great fun for the children to customise.
Formally known as Fox Polling Station, Carnival 2002 was a huge success,
not least because of guidance by our band leader, Colin Salmon. Because
the poles were so simple to manage, Colin kept our masqueraders moving
Poles gave Fox a special place on the road, and won another national
Artworks Award (CLICK
HERE to see). But, most important of all, they
provided a show of movement and colour for our audience.