Names of more than a hundred people feature on one Worcester Stands Tall giraffe sculpture, painted by artist Anna Mitchell.
The acquaintances and friends she met while working at an art shop inspired the 46-year-old, who lives in Malvern, to create her design ‘Hive Mind’.
The giraffe, which is sponsored by trail partner Crowngate, represents how everyone is connected in the ‘hive’ of shared humanity.
Read more about Anna with our Q&A:
How did you get involved with Worcester Stands Tall?
How do you feel to be a part of this project?
I’ve loved meeting the other artists and working alongside them in the pop up space, I found it very inspiring. I just feel really happy to be a part of a collaborative creative project that’s for a great cause.
Tell me a little bit about your background as an artist
I graduated in Fine Art from the University of Worcester in 2012 and have been a self-employed artist since then. I work mainly in ceramics and am inspired by a love of nature. I’ve delivered clay workshops and wild art sessions for schools and community settings, including ‘Voices and Visions’, Malvern Cube, Croome Court and Hellens Manor.
How would you describe your work?
Much of the inspiration for my work comes from collecting and recording every day or commonplace occurrences, and noticing the details and connections in life.
What inspired your giraffe design?
For an entire year of working in a local art shop, I had been keeping a list in my pocket of all the customers I knew – connections old and new, but there was never a day that I didn’t know someone! I knew it would become a project at some point and kept a record of them all in the back of my journal…When my friend told me about the giraffes, the idea came into bee-ing!
What was it like decorating an 8ft tall giraffe?
Like nothing I’d ever done before! And a three-dimensional 8ft tall sculpture is very different from when you put the original design on paper. It was challenging, but enjoyably so, and I found myself totally absorbed and loosing track of the hours every day that I worked on it. The support and companionship of the other artists was great.
What have you most enjoyed about the art trail this summer?
Seeing how it has brought people together and brightened up Worcester with a bit of playfulness and the joyful faces on all the obligatory photos!