Birmingham for 10 weeks next summer as part of a fundraising initiative.
Gallery, will see more than 100 individually-designed 165cm-tall owl statues
appear across the city – local artists will then customise the owls.
Wild in Art, in conjunction with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and funded by
a host of corporate sponsors from across the West Midlands.
Since 2008, Wild in Art has become the UK’s leading producer
of mass participation public art events. They have launched similar exhibitions
across the globe, including the highly successful Gromit Unleashed initiative –
where sculptures representing Gromit of “Wallace and Gromit” appeared on the
streets of Bristol throughout 2013.
since its inception. Wild in Art were looking for inspiration for the
Birmingham character that could be considered both representative of the region
and educational too.
migration – perfectly aligned with our diverse culture in Birmingham” stated
OWB Director Shari Bryan, so from then on there was only one choice.
owl – the Eagle Owl – had taken up residence in Birmingham. Since then, a
number of sightings of European Eagle Owls in and around the Birmingham area
have been reported.
Art to create the perfect identity for the initiative. And thus, The Big Hoot
executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “The Big Hoot is a
hugely exciting venture for Birmingham as a city and we at Birmingham
Children’s Hospital are honoured to have been selected to benefit from the half
a million pounds we hope to raise as a result.
work we carry out at the hospital, but more than that, the Big Hoot will also
inspire pride in our much loved city and offer families a fun and free day out
exploring everything that greater Birmingham has to offer.”
“Our public art projects have a proven track record of increasing tourism
and heightening the profile of our host cities, and we’re confident that this
will continue in Birmingham, as visitors and residents alike discover the city
through this unique and visually stunning artistic trail.”
The Big Hoot has already attracted national media coverage with the BBC News website reporting on its launch: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-29722659
involved with this initiative. An online pack can be found here: http://thebighoot.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/The-Big-Hoot-Sponsor-Pack-23-October-2014.pdf