How we made a human sculpure of the g2 logo at Glastonbury

Defying dizzying heights, a few resistant festival-goers and a marriage proposal, Glastonbury history was made

On the spur of the moment, we decided that the cover for this year’s Glastonbury g2 special needed to be something different: a human sculpture of the g2 logo. And why not?

We headed to The Park area and sent photographer David Levene up to the top of the 17-metre Ribbon Tower viewing platform. Then we set about prodding people to sit on a slightly different bit of the hill in exchange for being part of this very important moment in Glastonbury history. Some were up for it, though reactions varied on a scale of: “Our picture on the front of g2? Yes, that sounds great!” to: “What’s a g2?” Someone else, when asked to move over, asked: “What is this, North Korea?” and stayed put, before later getting into the spirit of things and joining our experiment in crowd-funning.

There were a few obstacles. People who were fast asleep on the hill were either incorporated into the curves of the logo (you snooze, you get made into human typography). The trickier object was a huge banner – a marriage proposal to one Jane. We had to shift it temporarily for the bottom of our g. Sorry, Jane’s partner!

After herding about 250 people for about half an hour (the curve at the top of the 2 was particularly tricky to get right), we got the shot. Thank you to everyone involved, and see you next year when we attempt to write a leader column about child tax credits using members of the crowd at the Pyramid stage.


Will Dean

The GuardianTramp

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