The Big Hoot

I-Spy challenge

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Throughout 2015, I completed The Big Hoot trail in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Big Hoot was a mass participation public art event comprising of 89 individually designed large fibreglass owl sculptures forming a trail across Birmingham for 10 weeks from 20 July until the end of September.

After discovering all of the owls and raising £256 of my £500 target, I was suitably proud that the money raised would help sick children in some small way. However, those of you who know me will not be surprised that I feel a burning desire to finish what I have started and raise the remaining £244 needed to reach my initial target.

How should I do this?

A friend of mine said that the Big Hoot project was a “brilliantly daft” idea and I think he would probably say the same about my latest challenge. I have decided to raise money by asking people to sponsor me as I try to work my way through a series of I-Spy books, published by Michelin.

Each book contains up to 200 colour photographs, which you have to I-Spy.  The aim is to tick them off as you go and collect points. When you score 1,000 points or more in an I-Spy book, you can join the I-Spy club and apply online for a certificate of achievement.

Some people never grow up and I’d definitely count myself in this crowd. Life’s too short to fit into the dull crowd. Not only will this sponsored escapade get me out of the house and encourage me to take photos of my local environment, but it should also raise awareness and funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Everyone’s a winner…

I have purchased five I-Spy books, but I will begin by tackling In the Street. The book description reads as follows:

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There is always something interesting in every street: people working, bus stops, lamps, shops, street notices, road signs, vehicles and much more. From country roads to city streets, why not see how many things you can spot! Arranged in colour coded-sections, this I-Spy book includes a colour photograph with a short and factual description for each entry. You can score points by spotting the different entries in the book. Score 1000 points and you can apply for your I-Spy Certificate! There are a lot of opportunities to spot and score in this and all the other I-Spy Books!”

 You can chart my progress via my blog (https://nathanleedavies.wordpress.com/) and Twitter (@nathanleedavies). I look forward to undertaking this new childlike challenge and raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital in my own unique manner.

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Fleet and Free by Joshua Billingham

On September the 23rd, I was darting around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 70: Fleet and Free by Joshua Billingham. THIS WAS THE FINAL OWL OF MY BIG HOOT TRAIL. MISSION COMPLETE.

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Joshua Billingham (a.k.a ‘Gent 48′) is an illustrator, graffiti writer and street artist from Birmingham. He studied visual communication at BIAD Birmingham University, receiving a first class degree.

As well as working as a freelance illustrator, he exhibits artwork and paints murals for all types of businesses and private homes.  His work consists mainly of imaginative characters and strange worlds.

He has worked and exhibited in many countries across the world, including Australia, Germany, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, Finland and London. This summer, he is due to paint at a number of festivals across Europe and hopefully Tahiti – showcasing his spray painting skills.  He is the founder of the Birmingham ‘Graffiti Crew 48’ and also represents ID Crew London and SDM Crew Melbourne.

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The Handsworth Park Owl and the Pussycat by Scylla Magda

On September the 23rd, I was darting around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 71: The Handsworth Park Owl and the Pussycat by Scylla Magda.

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Scylla Magda works in various mediums to create abstract narrative journeys, real-time audio visual performances, moving image compositions, and installations. She often works in collaboration with music composers and sound artists and is a member of Birmingham-based audio visual collective Modulate.

www.vimeo.com/scyllamagda

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Octavia by Faith Pearson

On September the 23rd, I was darting around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 72: Octavia by Faith Pearson.

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Faith Pearson lives in Birmingham; she uses discarded materials to create paintings and constructions inspired by community engagement projects – delivered with people on the edges of society.

Through her work she explores the basic instinct of young humans to create, play and imagine, balancing the chaos and destruction caused by this society.

Website: www.faithpearson.co.uk

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Papa Winson by Colin Gabbidon

On September the 23rd, I was darting around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 80: Papa Winson by Colin Gabbidon.

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Colin Gabbidon was born in Kingston, Jamaica and has been living in the UK since primary school age. 
A former drummer of internationally renowned reggae band Steel Pulse; Colin’s artistic talents began to be recognised in the 1980s. Working in a variety of mediums, he is based in Birmingham and also has a studio in Germany where he frequently exhibits work.

Ladywood Arts Forum is a collective of arts organisations, arts groups and artists, who act as a catalyst for the emergence and growth of sustainable arts in the Ladywood district of Birmingham, UK.

http://ladywoodartsforum.co.uk/

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Saltley Stories by McNally and Galsinh

On September the 23rd, I was darting around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I could not find was number 77: Saltley Stories by Martin McNally and Sharonjeet Galsinh.

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As you can see I visited the site of owl number 77, Saltley Stories by Martin McNally and Sharonjeet Galsinh, to find that it was missing after being vandalised. There was nothing I could do about this so I simply cursed the vandals and took a picture of the spot on which the owl originally stood. For more information click on this link to the Birmingham Mail article on the story.

Martin McNally has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Southampton (Winchester School of Art) and continues to practice with personal projects and exhibitions. His work has been seen in diverse locations such as Battersea, London and various community projects around Birmingham. He is the Projects Officer at Reel Access.

Sharon Galsinh is a Birmingham-based artist with a passion for arts, photography, graphic design and anything creative. She studied photography and graduated with a degree in graphic design. She is also an experienced mehndi artist.

Reel Access is a Birmingham based film education and training organisation with a focus on community filmmaking.

Norton Hall Children & Family Centre is a registered charity and voluntary organisation supporting children, parents and families in East Birmingham.

www.reelaccess.org.uk

www.nortonhall.org.uk

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The Big Hoot Saltley Stories which has been vandalised.

The Big Hoot Saltley Stories which has been vandalised.

 

Poddy by Fozia Malik

On September the 23rd, I was darting around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 81: Poddy by Fozia Malik.

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Fozia Malik is a freelance artist based in the Bordesley Green area. Her passion for art began with a love of painting watercolour landscapes.

She has worked on various community art projects with women’s groups and led art and craft tables for children at charity events. Recently, she has been working for DanceXchange/Hippodrome to produce the Hodge Hill Herald.

Fozia is ardent about her community projects, as she feels that art should be enjoyed and more importantly, be accessible to all.

She is an active member of the OCCIC women’s group, with whom she collaborated to decorate the owl for the Big Hoot Project.

Website: www.ourcommunity.org.uk/

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