Hoots under the Hammer: The Big Hoot Auction Announcement

Via Suzie at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Hoots under the Hammer: The Big Hoot Auction Announcement

Art collectors and owl enthusiasts are being offered the chance to bid for one of 89 individually decorated giant owl sculptures in Birmingham on Thursday 15 October, at The Big Hoot auction.

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

The owls have been hand-designed by an array of well-known and up-and-coming artists, including critically-acclaimed graffiti artist Temper; Birmingham-born A-lister Ozzy Osbourne and self-confessed Doctor Who fanatic, Stephen McKay, who designed the extremely popular ‘Dr Whoot’.

London Midland Doctor Whoot
Photo by Dave Massey (brumhour)

The Big Hoot, presented by public art specialists Wild in Art, in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, has been taken firmly under Birmingham’s wing, with visitors flocking from far and wide to explore the city’s streets, parks and open spaces, all of which have been turned into a virtual aviary.

The owls will continue to inhabit the city until Sunday 27 September before being sold to collectors and businesses at Thinktank science museum.

The auction will be hosted by Fieldings Auctioneers, co-founded by Nick Davies from BBC’s Flog it! and Will Farmer from BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, and is expected to raise £500,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of this project. The Big Hoot has already brought so much joy to thousands of children in Birmingham and will continue to do so for years to come with the money that will be raised through the auction. There’s still a chance to get involved with The Big Hoot, and we’re currently looking for partners to assist us in the run up to the auction in October.”

Photo by Dave Massey (brumhour)
Photo by Dave Massey (brumhour)

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art, said: “The Big Hoot has provided Birmingham the chance to rediscover their city, and to some, the owls will be priceless. We are grateful to have the experienced Fieldings Auctioneers on board and could not have hoped for a more idyllic venue than the iconic Thinktank.”

Nicholas Davies, Director of Fieldings Auctioneers, said: “When we heard that The Big Hoot owls were going to auction, we just had to get involved. We at Fieldings are proud to support our local Birmingham Children’s Hospital and are excited to sell a ‘lot’ of owls!”

The bidding for each owl is expected to start in the region of £3,000-£5,000, with favourites such as Dr Whoot and Ozzy’s Owl expected to raise considerably more.

If you’ve seen an owl you want to give a home to, visit thebighoot.co.uk/auction or email auction@thebighoot.co.uk.

About Wild in Art

The Big Hoot is the latest mass participation public arts event from Wild in Art, who famously attracted worldwide headlines with a similar event in Bristol, the ‘Gromit Unleashed’ project in 2013.

The project saw 42% of trail tourists visiting from outside the city, with £3.8 million raised for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Wild in Art is one of the leading creative producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events.

From parades of elephants in Melbourne and crashes of rhinos in Sydney, to BookBenches in London and Commonwealth Games Clyde mascots in Glasgow, Wild in Art events have animated cities and enthralled people the world over, raising over £6m for charity partners along the way.

Wild in Art also provide unique art education resources which engage and inspire young people and enhance learning across the curriculum.

Wild in Art 2015 events include: GoGoDragons (Norwich, UK), The Big Hoot (Birmingham, UK), The Baron’s Charter (Salisbury and Lincoln, UK).

The Big Hoot is supported by presenting partners LDC and Fort Dunlop, and a host of corporate sponsors, including Lloyds Banking Group, Pertemps Network, Harrow Green, CrossCountry, The Schools of King Edward VI, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post and Free Radio plus many more.


#BrumHour Disclaimer: The content for this post was sent to BrumHour via Birmingham Children’s Hospital. No money has exchanged hands. However I did eat an Owl Shaped Cookie when I went to the Little Hoot Event Launch and a glass of Orange Juice.