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I’ve chosen to begin my I-Spy challenge by focusing on the In the Street edition, which turns out to be rather simple. I don’t know what I expected from such in volume but it does appear to be rather simple to find traffic lights, satellite dishes, railings and other street furniture.

Nevertheless, I will do as I said and complete the book before moving on to one of the more challenging I-Spy editions. I will allow you to follow my progress by listing the items I have found on this blog and will include photographs on my Tumblr page. I can’t promise that I will take a picture of everything that I see, but in some cases I will search Yahoo images and use photographs from there. For example, I’m not going to stand in the street taking photos of a Baby in a Buggy – I’d be arrested before you know it.

Items I’ve seen so far include:

Traffic Lights (5)
Railings (5)
Tactile Paving (5)
Speed Bump (5)
Belisha Beacon (10 but double with answer to question)
Bollards (5)
Zebra Crossing (10)
Drain (10)
Road Works (10)
Double Yellow Lines (5)
TV Aerial (10)
Satellite Dish (10 for black)
Guttering (15)
Roofs (10)
Pub Sign (5)
Big Ice Cream (10)
Shopping Trolley (10)

All in all, this means I have got 150 points so far. In order to receive a certificate I must reach 1000 points.

The question I needed to answer in relation to the Belisha Beacon was as follows:

Who gave his name to these lights?

My answer is that they were named after Leslie Hore-Belisha (1893–1957), the Minister of Transport who in 1934 added beacons to pedestrian crossings, marked by large metal studs in the road surface.

You learn something new every day…

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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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Oliver by Sophie Handy and Claire Witcomb

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 76: Oliver by Sophie Handy and Claire Witcomb.

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Sophie and Claire are collaborating for the second time; both artists have a sculptural background, a passion for making things, a history with mosaic and they love a creative challenge. With over thirty years of experience between them, they create with community groups as well as making their own work.

Previous commissions include Imagineer Productions, Graeae Theatre, Sustrans, Moseley Festivals, Ace Dance and Music- Leeds Carnival, Birmingham City Council, Art Works Hall Green.

Website: www.nechellspod.com/

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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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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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