Huge Rugby ball sculpture somehow toppled - The Rugby Observer

Huge Rugby ball sculpture somehow toppled

Rugby Editorial 1st Aug, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

MYSTERY surrounds the toppling of a huge Rugby World Cup-inspired sculpture in the town centre.

The 6ftx4ft concrete oval ball sculpture outside the John Barford multi-storey car park was found lying on the ground on Saturday morning (July 30) still attached to its plinth, which had somehow been uprooted.

Council employees removed the sculpture – one of five installed by the ‘Rugby’s Got Balls’ project ahead of last year’s tournament – and put it into storage to assess damage.

A council spokesman said they would check CCTV footage to try to find out how the giant monument was overturned.

The sculpture, named the ‘Trophy Ball’ by the Kookooshaboo art collective which came up with Rugby’s Got Balls, features Mondrian-inspired geometric shapes, with comments on the game of Rugby submitted by teams and dignitaries including Brett Gosper, the CEO of World Rugby.

Other sculptures were installed at the railway station, Caldecott Park, Chapel Street and outside Rugby Art Gallery, Museum and Library to coincide with the Rugby World Cup 2015 – and all quickly became popular photo opportunity destinations.

Members of Kookooshaboo have not yet responded to a request for comment.

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