Birmingham statue with foam

Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony – The Bull

Foam Engineers are enormously proud to have been involved in the supply of various Plazazote foam materials from Zotefoams, as well as other technical foam grades used in the construction of the magnificent Bull which was a major scenic prop for the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

We supplied foam to our customer Artem who were responsible for designing and building the 10m tall Bull, capable of propelling itself around the stadium and interacting with performers. The Bull is 10m high x 4.5m wide x 15m long and weighed in at just 2.5 tonnes.

Due to time restraints, our short lead times and geographical location offered great benefit to Artem as we seamlessly supplied foam when required. The use of foam, due to its light-weight properties, became a common feature throughout the Bulls design and construction. Its skin, hooves and interior mechanical elements were all cut and shaped from foam which was then art-worked to look like metal.