The Big Hoot

Happy Birthday FEED! by Thomas Mcllroy et al

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 21: Happy Birthday FEED! by Thomas Mcllroy et al.

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Created by students from Birmingham Metropolitan College, Happy Birthday FEED!’s daytime appearance features de-collage and illustration. By night, the owl takes on a different guise with live projection mapping onto the body of the owl during the trail.

Artist: Thomas McIlroy, John Moore, Alice Milner, Jay Tomlins and Jordan Hannon

Sponsor: Birmingham Metropolitan College

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The Big Hoot by OWB and Anderson

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 23: The Big Hoot by OWB (design) and Glenn Anderson (painter).

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Glenn Anderson is a Birmingham art legend, who sites ‘places, adventures, discovery, and the five+ sensory emotions’ as examples of the inspiration for his work.  He believes that these experiences are caught and manifest themselves in strange ways, and that the human ‘amplifier’ needs to do something with that energy in positive ways.  Glenn’s work features typography – both conventional and non-conventional – and he works in Biro, with aerosol, planks of weathered wood and rusted nails and much, much more.

Website: www.g-anders.co.uk

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The Green Owl by Julia Zellar-Jacques

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 22: The Green Owl by Julia Zellar-Jacques.

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Julia Zeller-Jacques is an Edinburgh-based illustrator who trained at Hull School of Art and Design.  She works in both printing and painting and explores natural themes and subject matter in her art.

Julia’s mother was born and brought up in Birmingham, before she left to join the WRENs, and her only abiding memories were of Kunzle cakes and a bleak industrial landscape.  So, it gave the artist great pleasure to learn that Birmingham now boasts more parks than any other European city and that its flower displays and gardens win prestigious awards.

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Yellow by Glenn Anderson

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 25: Yellow by Glenn Anderson on the roof at the Custard Factory. This was the only owl that was inaccessable as there was no lift going up to the rooftop leaving me, and other owl spotters, a little bit miffed. It was impossible to get a better photograph than this one without a zoom lens, but my glimpse from afar and this owls name suggests that it was merely plain yellow and therfore not very photogenic. This snapshot is proof that I saw all 89 owls in their temporary habitat of Birmingham. It is still not too late to sponsor me for completing this brilliantly daft challenge and to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

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Glenn Anderson is a Birmingham art legend, who sites ‘places, adventures, discovery, and the five+ sensory emotions’ as examples of the inspiration for his work.  He believes that these experiences are caught and manifest themselves in strange ways, and that the human ‘amplifier’ needs to do something with that energy in positive ways.  Glenn’s work features typography – both conventional and non-conventional – and he works in Biro, with aerosol, planks of weathered wood and rusted nails and much, much more.

Website: www.g-anders.co.uk

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Through New Eyes by David Hand

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 24: Through New Eyes by David Hand.

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David Hand is a celebrated graphic designer and sometime illustrator who currently resides in the Shropshire hills.  He has worked on a number of bold and significant campaigns and generally likes to work on a broad range of projects of any size, shape or form, including: music, typography, branding, identity, surface decoration and so on, with interesting people who are excited and inspired by original, crafted design.  One day, he would also like to see a Great Grey Owl in the wild!

Website: www.alongbirdalley.co.uk

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Night Owl by Michelle Turton

On September the 21st, I was dashing around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 75: Night Owl by Michelle Turton.

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Michelle Turton draws on paper, skate board decks, totem poles, walls and even beermats across the world.  She co-founded Inkygoodness in 2008 and writes travel blogs at travelwithturton.com.  Her ‘weapon of choice’ is the mighty pencil!

She has produced illustrations for a variety of projects, including the Eye Candy Festival in Birmingham, and a selection of her portraiture work has been featured within 1,000 portraits book of illustrations. Michelle has exhibited internationally at Pictoplasma in Berlin and as part of Fiend Projects Arts Festival in Antwerp, Belgium.

Website: www.michelleturton.com

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Midnight Hoot by Jayne Deeley

On September the 21st, I was dashing around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 74: Midnight Hoot by Jayne Deeley.

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Jayne Deeley, a Staffordshire based artist, was creative from an early age and this has continued to the present day.  She studied HND 3D Design and it was during this time that she discovered new materials to work with and techniques to create Art and Craft works – skills that she later used in her role as a window dresser within a department store and still uses today, while creating handmade greetings cards, jewellery and anything else that inspires her!

Find out more about Jayne at www.facebook.com/JayneDeeleyArtDesign

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