Baku 2017 Islamic Games Opening Ceremony

Bespoke feather flags for the world’s 4th Islamic Solidarity Games

It was a exciting challenge to create props for the opening and closing ceremonies for the world’s 4th Islamic State Solidarity Games, held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The event is equivalent to the Olympics.

We produced more than 100 individual props, including 75 ‘feathers’ each with 15 individual carbon spines and coloured silk tonal sections that flexed creating a natural rotating movement. This commission then lead to the creation of many other items for the event from stunt kites for the opening count-down to batiks and quilts used in a choreographed celebration of The Silk Route. It was a moment of great pride watching the televised opening ceremony and seeing so many hours of head scratching and production being an integral part of such an impressive global spectacle.