Sculptor’s sporting works to be displayed on roundabouts to celebrate the Rugby World Cup

Rugby sculpture to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.
Rugby sculpture to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.

An artist will have his sporting creations displayed on three roundabouts in Rugby.

Tony Davies, who has been learning his art for the past year alongside accomplished sculptor David Gosling, sent the second of three rugby-themed sculptures on the back of a lorry to the market town today (Tuesday).

The sculpture travelled by lorry to Rugby.

The sculpture travelled by lorry to Rugby.

Each sculpture is formed in galvanised fencing wire shaped over a skeletal steel frame.

Now Tony, who has been working from his parents’ garage in Biddenham, is busy creating the final sculpture of two rugby players in a tackle.

He said: “I’m going to be busy for around a month or so getting the next one ready. It is a really time consuming process because not only have you got to design it with the steel frame but then you have got to perfect it with the wire.

“There is a couple of miles worth of wire covering the steel frame itself for each sculpture.”

The two sculptures that have already been completed and sent to Rugby are of a player passing a ball and another preparing to take a conversion, pictured.

Tony, who used to run Trading Faces Theatre Company in Bedford, and David, from Banbury, were commissioned to make the sculptures by Rugby Borough Council to celebrate England hosting the Rugby World Cup in September and October.

“I think it is absolutely fantastic and it is really nice to be placing them in such public places,” said Tony, 53.

Rugby Councillor Heather Timms said: “Rugby is the proud host of the game and Rugby Borough Council has a host of enhancements planned, improving the borough for the World Cup and beyond. While it is important to celebrate it, it’s also important to give the residents a home to be proud of for years to come.”

The sculptures are expected to stay in place for around 10 years.