Tribal Logo Project

Tribal Logo Project – the finished works

The Tribal Logo Project took place during March 2012. Students from Glyn Derw High School, Fitzalan High School and St Mary Immaculate High School took part in a three stage process to develop a series of 25m x 25m eco-grafitti tribal symbols or ‘logos’ to feature on the site of the Iron Age hill fort at Caerau.

The project was devised and led by Paul Evans, CAER Heritage project lead artist.

STAGE 1: INSPIRATION – life in the Iron Age village

Iron Age hut interior

During a day visit to St Fagans: National History Museum  students from the three schools got a chance to experience daily life in an Iron Village: life as it as might have been lived on the hill fort at Caerau. Ian Daniel and Oliver Davis took it in turns to act as our Iron Age hosts – presenting a fascinating talk that led us deep into the lives of the Silures tribespeople that occupied South Wales around 2000 years ago.

STAGE 2: BRAINSTORMING – creating a tribal ‘logo’

Brainstorming Iron Age logos …

The students then took part in a dynamic creative workshop with artist Paul Evans. The brief was to design a ‘logo’ or tribal symbol for the Silures. We considered the design features that make a good logo – distinctive, simple, memorable – and we also thought about the enduring nature of status symbols. Before long we had a pile of brilliant designs over 10cm thick …

STAGE 3: PERSPIRATION! – creating the ‘logos’ at land-art scale

‘Gridding up’ the eco-graffiti

After creating a 25m x 25m grid the students began to create the ‘eco-graffiti’ logos – or tribal symbols – at an impressive scale.

In the end we created six of these symbols – and we used over 600 litres of playground grade bark chippings! The symbols subsequently changed in nature as the bark chippings dried out and got  lighter in shade.

Since then the grass has begun to grow through and the hillside has slowly begun to reclaim them – although you can still see them now if you look carefully enough …

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