Owl sculptures to feature in Ipswich's largest ever art event

Owl sculptures to feature in Ipswich's largest ever art event

Tuesday, 03 August 2021

We're very happy to announce that in summer 2022, Larking Gowen will be part of what's been described as "the biggest mass participation arts event" ever to take place in Ipswich.

The Big Hoot is being coordinated by St Elizabeth Hospice in partnership with Wild at Art and will run for over 12 weeks during the summer of 2022. Forty individually designed fibreglass sculptures of owls will be placed in various locations in Ipswich's streets and parks, at The Waterfront and in other open spaces.

Businesses and other organisations in the town have been invited to sponsor one of the sculptures, teaming up with a local artist who will decorate the owl, giving each piece a unique design and personality.

The streets and open spaces of the town will then become part of a trail of these works, showcasing the wealth of local artistic talent and contributing to the economic and social life of the town.

At the end of the event, the sculptures will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to St Elizabeth Hospice.

The inspiration for choosing owls as a theme came about because hospice staff felt that the popular view of owls being knowledgeable and wise related well to the support it has given to patients and families since it was founded in 1989. A further connection are tawny owls, Mabel and Matilda, who have been seen in Ipswich's Christchurch Park for many years. The artists and sculpture locations will be announced later in the year.

Liz Baldwin, Corporate and Sponsorship Fundraising Manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We are so pleased to have Larking Gowen supporting the Big Hoot 2022.

“The whole hospice family cannot wait for next summer to arrive so we can join with the local community and enjoy a celebratory art trail for all to remember, and we know the support of Larking Gowen will help us make the Big Hoot 2022 a huge success.”

Ipswich based partner, Becky Ames, said: "It's a real privilege to be involved in a high-profile project that brings together local businesses and artists in a way that also benefits the local community. We're also very happy to continue our long-running support for St Elizabeth Hospice."

Larking Gowen's Employee Forum at our Ipswich office has also chosen St Elizabeth Hospice as our designated charity for August and September, a cause we have supported over the years.

Ipswich Employee Forum representative, Sophie Curle, said St Elizabeth Hospice was close to the hearts of a number of her Ipswich colleagues, whose families had been helped by the charity.

"Everyone can appreciate and recognise the amazing work they do. We can support them with the knowledge that they will be there to support us if ever we need them," said Sophie.



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