Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Bulford Kiwi

The Bulford Kiwi SJP 4 N1 2005

1. Where is the kiwi drawn in England?
The kiwi is drawn on smooth, green hillsides.

2. Explain the reason for drawing the kiwi?
It was the first world war, everyone was eager to go home, the only way to go was by boat. There weren’t enough boats. The men became tired of waiting. Then one of the officers came up with an idea of carving a huge kiwi into the slope of the beacon hill, above the camp.

3. Explain the process briefly  to make a hill figure. Use your own words.
You have to find the right site. Smooth, step hillside. It has to be easy to reach and you can see it from a distance.
The design was divided into a grid and marked onto the hill. People standing on the hill moved flags to adjust the directions they receive.
Turf was stripped to expose the chalk below. If the chalk is too deep below, chalk can be brought and placed on top of the turf. Nowadays white paint is applied.

What was their problem before they began?
The kiwi was tall and thin instead of big and round.

5. How did they care for it?

Soldiers shoot and march over it then it finishes at the kiwi’s head


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