Wild in Art

Ahoy Matey by Deven Bhurke

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 64: Ahoy Matey by Deven Bhurke.

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Deven Bhurke is an artist and graphic designer with a versatile style.  He has previously been involved in similar WIA public art events and he was commissioned by Marwell Wildlife’s Go! Rhinos in 2013, by the National Literacy Trust in 2014, and by Transport for London.

Website: www.devenbhurke.com

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Clash by Damien Jeffery

On September the 19th, I was rolling around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 12: Clash by Damien Jeffery.

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Damien Jeffery is a Bristol based painter, born in Bromsgrove, who studied art at Southampton institute. He is currently working on seascapes inspired by winters surfing on the North coast of Cornwall and Devon.  ‘Damo’ designs and paints murals for schools, businesses and homes and he has twice painted at ‘Upfest’, Europe’s largest urban arts festival; he has designed Gorillas, Rhinos, Buses and Olympic Mascots for Wild in Art events across the country.

Website: www.damienjeffery.co.uk

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Dr Whoot by Stephen McKay

On September the 19th, I was rolling around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 14: Dr Whoot by Stephen McKay.

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Stephen McKay is a Liverpool-based artist, who likes to work in public and uses large studio spaces, where passers-by can watch him create his very public artworks!

A qualified development chemist, Stephen enjoys experimenting with new materials and decorating techniques.  He devised a method for his partner, Janet Fishwick, to paint over 4,000 individual pearl buttons onto her ‘Pearly Mandeville’ for the 2012 Wild in Art Olympic Mascot Trail.

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The Graduate by Deven Bhurke

On September the 19th, I was rolling around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 15: The Graduate by Deven Bhurke.

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Deven Bhurke is an artist and graphic designer with a versatile style.  He has previously been involved in similar WIA public art events and he was commissioned by Marwell Wildlife’s Go! Rhinos in 2013, by the National Literacy Trust in 2014, and by Transport for London.

Website: www.devenbhurke.com

Visit my Virgin Money Giving page and please give generously in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Tessellated Triangles by Deven Bhurke

On September the 19th, I was rolling around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 16: Tessellated Triangles by Deven Bhurke.

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Deven Bhurke is an artist and graphic designer with a versatile style.  He has previously been involved in similar WIA public art events and he was commissioned by Marwell Wildlife’s Go! Rhinos in 2013, by the National Literacy Trust in 2014, and by Transport for London.

Website: www.devenbhurke.com

Visit my Virgin Money Giving page and please give generously in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Florence Nightin’owl by Deven Bhurke

On September the 19th, I was rolling around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 19: Florence Nightin’owl by Deven Bhurke.

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Deven Bhurke is an artist and graphic designer with a versatile style.  He has previously been involved in similar WIA public art events and he was commissioned by Marwell Wildlife’s Go! Rhinos in 2013, by the National Literacy Trust in 2014, and by Transport for London.

Website: www.devenbhurke.com

Visit my Virgin Money Giving page and please give generously in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Birmingham’s Big Hoot owls raise over £500k for charity

TAKEN FROM THE BBC NEWS WEBSITE

An auction of giant decorated owl statues, which were part of a city-wide art exhibition, has raised £508,000.

The Big Hoot art trail has seen 89 owls, 5ft 5ins (165cm) tall, dotted around Birmingham for 10 weeks.

The statues were designed by artists, celebrities, community groups and schools.

Money raised from the sale at Thinktank, Birmingham’s science museum, is to go to the city’s children’s hospital for a new rare diseases unit.

A statue called Re-Tail by internationally-recognised graffiti artist Temper attracted the highest amount, £18,000, the hospital said.

Ozzy’s Owl, which was co-created by Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and another artist, fetched £12,500.

Osbourne gave a video message saying how much he had enjoyed designing it and having the statue put in Birmingham.

Dr Hoot, based on Dr Who’s Tardis, fetched £10,500.

Paul Larkin, a market trader in Birmingham, was part of a group which paid £8,500 for an owl called Unity Within Diversity.

He said “traders from Birmingham rag market all pitched in together” to buy it “for such a good cause” – the hospital – and the owl would go in the market entrance.

Asked if he had a big shed at home, Mr Larkin said: “No. This is better off in the market… It’s going to stay in Birmingham. The people of Birmingham can enjoy it.”

Following the 10 weeks, the decorated owls, individually designed by professional and amateur artists, went on public display again at Millennium Point on Saturday and Sunday before the auction on Thursday evening.

An app to accompany the project was downloaded over 13,000 times and people have scanned the owls with phones more than 323,000 times, organisers have said.

Speaking at the auction, hospital director of fundraising Louise McCathie said: “It’s just been outstanding. We knew it was taking off, we knew it was big,