We love the beautiful beaches of Cornwall, so when we were approached by Great Western Railway and Golin PR to make a sand drawing with polo players and horses we were very excited. All to help promote the annual GWR polo on the beach festival at Watergate Bay!
Tom Bolland travelled down to Cornwall the week before to check out how we were going to make this happen. It was then that we realized we would have to start to work on the beach in the middle of the night! A night sand drawing is something Tom has always wanted to do, unfortunately the drawing clashed with his holiday in Italy, so he couldn’t come. Next time Tom, next time!
So Andy Firth, Jamie Wardley and myself, Claire Jamieson set off on our long journey to Cornwall. When we arrived, we had a quick look at the beach, then off to our hotel for an early night! We woke in the very early hours of the morning and headed to the beach. By the time we had done our prep, the sun was rising and the horses and polo players were ready to begin their very own piece or beach art. You don’t need rakes when you have hoofs!
I was astounded at the control and grace of these wonderful animals, they were incredible. One horse did leave a little gift, but that’s all part of the authenticity of the drawing! These clever horses completed the drawing and it was another success! The drawing measured over 60 meters and by breakfast the tide was beginning to wash the drawing away just before being captured by a drone.
They say never work with children and animals, these horses proved that saying to be wrong. It was a great experience and very nice not to be doing all the raking for a change! And we certainly did what we came out to do, as the image appeared in The Guardian, The Telegraph, Huffington Post and Western Morning News to name a few.
Thanks to everyone at Golin PR and Great Western Railway for asking us to be part of this great event! Fabulous people to work with.