A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Friday, 16 October 2015
Big Hoot Owls - Part 2
Continuing on from Part 1 - the remainder of the Big Hoot Owls.
Through New Eyes
The design features day to day events of inner city wildlife through the eyes of an owl.
Wise Old Owl
Design inspired by the new Birmingham Library.
Inspired by the City of Birmingham itself including some of the new and old buildings.
Big Brown Inky Owl - another of my favourite owls.
Inspired by animals living within woodlands - designs are similar to those you might find in a classic children's book.
Fit Cap Wisely
The design represents pride in the community of the Yardley area of Birmingham. FITCAP stands for Fitness in the Community and Active Play and emphasises the importance of activity for health and wellbeing.
The Owl and the Pussycat Went to Sea
features the story of Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussycat".
The artist Temper is widely believed to be one of the most successful and talented graffiti artists. The feathers on this owl form a business suit.
An owl turned into a friendly lion.
Inspired by natural wildlife patterns showing the owl's majesty and beauty via pattern and shape imitating the enamelled jewellery made in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.
Co-designed by the Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne.
Textures and colours inspired by birds and animals from around the globe.
New Street Flyer
This Owl was inspired by and celebrates the recent opening of the new New Street Station in the City Centre.
This owl represents the beating heart of Birmingham and the wonders of the mechanical age and industries.
Bob the Bat
A giant bat - nocturnal like the owls.
This owl pays tribute to the workforce of Birmingham and to the West Midlands company Pertemps.
Another owl where the design links to The Owl and the Pussycat poem showing a fairytale ship sailing at night.
Inspired by Cloudgate by British artist Anish Kapoor.
No explanation necessary really for this one (inspired by Dr Who and the Tardis).
This academic owl celebrates success of young people in the city and the role of the education system in inspiring the young.
represents love, migration, heritage and a sense of home.
features the Jewellery Quarter and its history.
A pirate owl inspired by the Golden Age of Piracy.
Unity Within Diversity
Features patterns and symbols from across the country.
Celebrates Birmingham as the first British City to participate in the "biophilic" Global Network pledging to help city dwellers get closer to nature and wildlife.
Spotting and Jotting in Birmingham - what a great Owl :)
This owl features wild birds seen around the city.
This design is inspired by the artists Graham Perry's pottery and reflects the community and its connection with the environment.
Features animals from Twycross Zoo and marks the zoo's work in conservation and education.
The Sutton Coldfield Owl
Inspired by the beauty of Sutton Coldfield - the local area of the artist who painted this owl.
Inspired by University College, Birmingham - one of Europe's leading colleges in vocational courses.
The Owl and the Pussycat
A further owl inspired by Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussycat".
celebrates the 24 hour Wellbeing Service and promotes the importance of nature and outdoors.
Apologies for the huge amount of photos - didn't realise I had taken so many and just how many owls there were!!
Owl by Night
Covered in mirrored mosaic and seen at its best at night.
Owl of Athena
This owl refers to Greek mythology. The Owl of Athena was the "little owl" who travelled with Athena - the Goddess of Wisdom.
A decorative Egyptian-style owl.
A tribute to Florence Nightingale and nurses past and present.
Another owl that glows in the dark.
Celebrates the 250th anniversary of Lloyds bank, founded in Birmingham.
Depicts an Oak tree and birds flying towards Heaven. The design symbolises peace, hope, tranquility and liberty.
The Big Hoot
The face of the Big Hoot brand celebrating creativity and imagination.
Our Happy Hospit-owl
Inspired by children and fundraisers who help make Birmingham Children's Hospital special.
is the name of the 7th century Anglo-Saxon settlement that is now Birmingham. This owl celebrates the various cultures living in the city.
Alf the Penguin Owl - this owl was very popular and constantly surrounded by people so I could only manage a picture of its face.
The design is based on a Gentoo penguin at the Sealife Centre in Birmingham.
Welcome to Birmingham
Inspired by the idea of the changing architecture and landscape of the City.
Selfie (plus Man) - this was another hugely popular owl (everyone was trying to take "selfies") and this is the only photo I could get.
Influenced by the design of the new Selfridge's building and the trend for taking "Selfies"!!
Inspired by Demi Lovato's song "Nightingale" - designed by a student who won a competition by Lloyds Bank to design an owl.
While I was tearing around trying to get photos of all the owls - D was taking his time and creating much better images than me!
Just one more look at my very favourite The Midnight Moth Owl along with Dr Whoot.
I came away with a Midnight Moth Owl sculpture - too expensive to justify treating myself but someone will give it me for Christmas or my birthday! (It too glows in the dark :) )
Not quite all the large owls were present - 3 were Community owls which had been returned to the Communities that created them and a few which had been indoors for the duration of the Trail were housed inside Millennium Point for the Farewell Weekend.
The auction was held last night. In total £508,035 was raised for the Birmingham Children's Hospital which is wonderful news.
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