After thousands of hours of research and design we are very proud to announce the release of the first 2 prints of our '142 Years of Test Match Rugby' Collectors Edition.
It has been quite a journey! It all started with a comment made by Sir Graham Henry: The All Blacks are "the most successful sporting team in history". True, but an average certainly doesn't paint the whole picture. Rugby is exciting because of the fierce rivalries that exist, and sometimes your team ascends to greatness and sometimes they don’t. I set about finding a way to visualise this. A picture is worth a thousand words after all. Each of these teams deserve their place in history and their golden ages, great moments and legends shouldn't remain buried in the stats. The rest is, as they say, history...the project suddenly took on a life of it's own and here we are 2 and a half years later!
The end result is an elegant art piece that is designed to be viewed from a distance at first. Viewed from this point you begin see the overall patterns in the history of a team. The central 'splash' shows the overall impact the team had through time and only the great players are in focus. As you move closer the individual years come into focus and you begin to see the games played each year, opponents defeated and margins of victory. You also start seeing all the other players and discover their place in history and how large they have written their names. Then, as you trace your team through the ribbon graph, and you match the ups and downs with the individual years and games, you begin to get a clearer sense of the ebb and flow of success of each team, their golden ages and their great moments.
I hope you enjoy these prints as much as we enjoyed creating them.