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Leicester Football Club - VC Memorial Garden

Topiary Horse, Fox and Elephant in memorial garden

Sunday 27th October 2019 marked one year since the helicopter accident that claimed the lives of the late Leicester City Chairman (Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha), staff members Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Lechowicz outside King Power Stadium.

We were asked to produce three topiary sculptures for the memorial garden built on the crash site – one fox, one elephant and one horse.

Topiary Prancing Horse
2.5 metre high Prancing Horse covered in Star Jasmine

The fox was chosen as the club logo is a fox and it was covered in ligustrum. The elephant was chosen to give a nod to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's Thai heritage and that, as well as the prancing horse, was covered in star jasmine.

Topiary Elephant
3 metre long Elephant covered in evergreen Star Jasmine

The club hosted a private multi-faith ceremony on 27th October 2019,  at the garden, exactly one year after the helicopter crash that killed Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and 4 others.

We worked flat out to produce and deliver all the animals so that they could be planted before opening day.

Topiary Fox next to visitors
Guests at the memorial opening, waiting in line to leave mementos to those who died in the crash

After the opening day, the present CEO requested for the elephant’s pose to be changed. We happily accepted the elephant back at our workshop for alteration. We adapted the elephant’s head to be facing upwards, so that it had a more lively appearance.

Topiary Elephant Trunk Up
The elephant with its head changed to the 'trunk up' position
Birds Eye View of the VC Memorial Garden
Birds Eye View of the VC Memorial Garden

Leicester City Chief Executive Susan Whelan said about the garden: “…something peaceful, something poignant and something beautiful, where supporters of today and of future generations can remember what one man’s vision did for this Club, this community.

“The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Garden will be the latest in a series of lasting tributes that will form part of Khun Vichai’s legacy.”

If we can help you with some topiary sculptures please do get in touch!

We would be delighted to discuss your own bespoke topiary sculpture ideas

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