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Green Templeton College | Oxford

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Two new blade chalkings have appeared on the the walls of the College, celebrating the College's rowers' recent success in the Torpids and Summer Eights races. The Green Templeton women's team secured blades in Torpids in March of this year, and the men's team followed up their performance by winning blades in Summer Eights in May.

The new chalkings, which can be found on the walls of the Walton and Academic Buildings, depict a variation of the GTC shield and the top of the Observatory Tower. While many blade chalkings are made by their respective rowers, Green Templeton’s (both new and old) were designed and created by Oxford-based artist Max Mulvaney. His use of vibrant colour and exceptional artistry make for impressive pieces of art for deserving crews.

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These chalkings commemorate rowing teams who earn blades. In bumps races (such as Torpids and Summer Eights), the aim is not to pass the boat ahead but to ram into it. Each ‘bump’ earns you a place up the divisional ladder, with the top crew becoming the ‘Head of the River’. Teams who bump at least once during each of the four days of racing earn blades. Thanks to Mulvaney's brilliant chalkings, the accolades of Green Templeton's 2017 rowing teams will be on display for years to come.