Summer in Birmingham – The Big Hoot has landed

Via Suzie at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

What a Hoot – The Big Hoot has landed!

Reports of owls causing a flutter are flying in from all over Birmingham as eighty nine beautifully designed large owl sculptures land for the city’s biggest public art exhibition, The Big Hoot.

For 10 weeks this summer, Birmingham’s streets, parks and open spaces will be alive with colour as ‘parliaments’ of owls take up perch across Birmingham and its surrounding areas – all part of the eye-catching fundraiser for Birmingham Children’s Hospital presented by Wild in Art.

(L-R) Birmingham Children's Hospital Owl, Schools of King Edward VI owl, Network Rail owl.
(L-R) Birmingham Children’s Hospital Owl, Schools of King Edward VI owl, Network Rail owl.

Turning Birmingham and its surrounding areas into a free and accessible public art gallery, The Big Hoot offers residents and visitors the opportunity to explore an engaging trail of over 200 large and small owls as well as the chance to reconnect with the city, to discover its rich cultural and creative offering.

The striking spectacle features 89 large sculptures decorated by artists of all disciplines, including illustrators, graffiti artists, printmakers and graphic designers; and 122 smaller owlets designed by schoolchildren, all of which have brought to life the talent and creativity of Birmingham’s artists, businesses, schools and community groups.

Tourists, both local and national, are encouraged to follow the trail and enjoy beautiful open spaces, inspiring buildings and Birmingham’s cultural heritage along the way. Visitors can download the free ‘The Big Hoot’ for Android at play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wildinart.thebighoot&hl=en and for Apple IOS at itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-big-hoot/id1015711138?mt=8 to keep track of their owls and unlock exclusive rewards.

The Big Hoot logo
The Big Hoot logo

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art, said: “The Big Hoot will give both residents and visitors the chance to discover Birmingham’s cultural offerings with the additional benefit of raising money for important projects at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The contribution from communities, schools, artists and sponsors is at the very core of the success of The Big Hoot, and for that we are immensely grateful.”

Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “I am so excited at the thought of hundreds of vibrant owls swooping into Birmingham to fill it with colour.

“The innovative ‘Big Hoot’ offers families a free and fun day out, exploring areas of our city they may never have visited before, with the added bonus of helping them to stay active. This is important to us, because at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, we believe leading an active lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for your family’s health, and we are committed to doing all we can to promote it.

“We thank everybody who has supported this important project. We simply could not have done it without you.”

On display until September, each of the sculptures is truly unique in its own style and character. Visitors will be able to enjoy cartoon owls, night owls, wise owls, celebrity owls and owls that celebrate Birmingham’s landmark architecture, history, people, places and cultural diversity.

At the end of the 10 week trail the large owls will be auctioned on Thursday 15 October to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. You can also support the hospital by texting HOOT to 70099 to donate £2.

For more information on The Big Hoot, or to download a trail map, visit thebighoot.co.uk or download The Big Hoot app from your smart phone. You can also support the hospital by texting HOOT to 70099 to donate £2.

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