The Big Hoot 2015
The Big Hoot 2015 is a large scale, mass appeal public art event designed to communicate the best of Birmingham’s art, heritage and culture to the widest possible audience. In Summer 2015 over 100 large owl sculptures will be decorated by artists and community groups to create a trail across the city for ten weeks.
These sculptures will then be auctioned off to help raise over half a million pounds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which will enable the hospital to benefit the next generation of children across the region.
With this is in mind a group of students from Perry Beeches The Academy took part in a consultation event to give their ideas about the design of an interactive trail around the city. A team of interns from the Children’s Hospital pitched their ideas about the location of the owls and their ideas to best engage with families, children and young people. Students then collated their ideas and discussed them with each other. Students were asked to think of ways that the Big Hoot initiative would encourage people to visit different parts of the City. Students created a wealth of ideas. Whilst doing this they were interviewed and recorded by a film crew.
One of the students, when asked if they thought the experience had been worthwhile stated’ it is a good idea to ask people of our age about these things, as we know the sorts of places we would visit and the kind of things that we would do – yes it was a good morning!’
Find out how to fundraise for Birmingham Children’s Hospital at www.bch.nhs.uk