The World's Biggest Bok Fan
Rugby legend, Victor Matfield, called on South African sports fans to support the Springboks in their quest to bring the Rugby World Cup home once again, revealing the “biggest Bok fan in the world” – a 4m-high rock sculpture dressed in a giant Springbok jersey by property company, Atterbury.
The massive Son of the Soil, commissioned from acclaimed artist, Angus Taylor by Atterbury and placed outside its head office at The Club in Hazelwood Pretoria earlier this year, has been transformed into “Springbok of the Soil” for the duration of the World Cup tournament.
The huge jersey is as close as possible to an exact copy of the official gear the Boks will be sporting during the World Cup, says Atterbury CEO, Armond Boshoff.
“We are huge Springbok fans at Atterbury – our blood runs green for the next month,” says Boshoff. “The fond memories of the way the Boks’ 2007 World Cup win united South Africa, inspired us to make a larger than life statement of support for this bid. There may be a lot of bad news around us, but we believe that there is much to be positive about in South Africa, and business has a responsibility to identify and celebrate good news and show confidence in our country.”
Dressing the sculpture in a Bok jersey and shorts was quite a challenge, according to Boshoff. The jersey had to measure a metre and a half in length, and fit a manly chest with a circumference of two and a half metres! “It was made with an open side seam with a Velcro closure to be able to dress the immovable figure,” he explains.
Taylor created Son of the Soil out of layers of some of the oldest rock on the planet, including grey Belfast Gabbro, that dates back 2-billion years, and 3.5 billion-year old green Verdite from the Barberton area.
The “Springbok of the Soil” will wear his green and gold regalia until the 2019 Rugby World Cup final on 02 November 2019. And to add to the excitement, Atterbury will host a RWC 2019 fan park at The Club and the adjacent Old East Precinct for the weekend of the quarter final, 19-20 October 2019.
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