Celebrations were in full swing at a city shopping centre as a display of decorated giraffe calf sculptures were unveiled to the public.
The 26 sculptures form a mini-trail through Crowngate Shopping Centre as part of the larger Worcester Stands Tall showcase – which launched on Monday, July 9.
Each calf has been decorated by schools and community groups and will be on display until the trail ends on Sunday, September 16. A further rose gold calf is on display at the entrance to Worcester Cathedral.
Crowngate is a presenting partner for the 10-week trail which is a Wild in Art event brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice.
Mike Lloyd, Operations Manager at Crowngate, said:
“In April, we were delighted to be able to offer Worcester Stands Tall a space for artists to get in stuck-in, creating the 30 large giraffe sculptures for the trail.
“Now the giraffes are complete with their impressive designs, we’re excited to see the launch of the trail on Monday 9 July. Plus, Crowngate will also be home to 26 giraffe calves, which have been decorated by local schools and community groups.
“We look forward to seeing the artist’s finished sculptures around the city and we hope everyone enjoys taking part in the Worcester Stands Tall trail throughout the summer.”
Students from across Worcestershire have been involved with the project through its schools programme, sponsored by the trail’s Education Partner West Midland Safari Park (WMSP).
As part of the programme, each participating school received a sculpture to decorate accompanied by a full Education Resource Pack linked to the curriculum.
Daniel Griffiths, Head of Marketing at WMSP, said:
“We are delighted to be the official Education Partner for Worcester Stands Tall. It’s such a great initiative, particularly for schools within the local area, as it allows children from across the city to showcase their talents and creative flare.
“Since becoming a partner last year, our dedicated Education Team have worked with a number of schools in specialist outreach sessions, where students have learnt as much as there is to know about giraffes, including interesting facts about our own herd of Rothchild’s giraffe. We’re really looking forward to seeing the final designs!”
Once the trail has finished, there will be a chance to see all 57 giraffes – 30 large and 27 calves – together at Worcester Cathedral from October 4 to October 7.
Each large sculpture will be auctioned on October 11, at drp in Hartlebury, to raise money for the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal. The appeal aims to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.
The giraffe calves will be returned to the schools and groups which decorated them, as a lasting legacy.
Sara Matthews, Project Manager for Worcester Stands Tall, said:
“We have been blown away by the creativity and hard work put into decorating each of our super-cute calf sculptures.
“There’s so much to discover in each design – we hope you enjoy getting to know them all during our trail!”