Posted on 22nd July 2015

NoVate Direct Legal Solutions has unveiled the latest owl to feature in The Big Hoot art trail located on Steelhouse Lane in Birmingham.

The owl has been designed by professional children’s book illustrator Adam Pryce, and is based on Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The Big Hoot will see 89 individually designed owls nesting across the city for 10 weeks from July 20. The 165cm statues will then be auctioned off with all money raised going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

It is set to be Birmingham’s biggest ever public art event, and a host of businesses from across the region have signed up to sponsor owls.

Derek Larkin from NoVate said: “The Big Hoot is such a colourful, joyous way of raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and we are delighted to be part of this initiative.

“Once our owl has taken roost we intend to have a bit more fun by holding some extra fundraising competitions asking local children to guess the weight of the owl, with the competition launched on social media.

“Meanwhile, colleagues intend to hold owl themed bake off days and other fundraising events over the summer, raising even more money for this very worthy cause.”

Artist Adam Pryce said: “This was such a fun project to be part of and I’m really pleased with the result.

“I was inspired to base the Novate owl on the actual Birmingham Children’s Hospital building as I have strong and happy memories of the hospital. Diagnosed with a rare liver disease at a young age, I spent most of my childhood travelling from my hometown of Market Drayton in Shropshire to the hospital and I’ve tried to incorporate its iconic Victorian red bricks and slate roof.

“I always remember there being a good atmosphere within the hospital and so it’s great to give something back and do my design based on the hospital. It took me about five days to complete, building up the colourful acrylic paint and then varnishing it. But I think I’ve captured the building fairly well.”

Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art who have organised The Big Hoot, said: “We are delighted to have NoVate involved with The Big Hoot.

“Our public art projects have a proven track record of increasing community engagement and we’re confident that this will continue in Birmingham as visitors and residents alike discover the city through this unique and visually stunning artistic trail.”

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s hospital, said: “The Big Hoot will be a fantastic spectacle for Birmingham and we’re delighted to have NoVate involved. The project will ultimately help to raise valuable funds for our hospital and so we are incredibly grateful to have its support.”

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