Visitors are flocking to experience the spectacular Farewell Event of a 10-week giraffe art trail, Worcester Stands Tall.
All 57 of the painted giraffes from this summer’s trail have gone on show under the same roof – for the first and only time – in the Chapter House of Worcester Cathedral.
The display, which runs from Thursday, 4th October to Sunday, 7th October, is the last chance to see all the giant giraffes before they are auctioned to raise money for the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal.
The rose-gold calf sculpture formerly displayed outside the cathedral, Lily the Pink, will also be auctioned – while the remaining calves will be returned to the schools and groups which decorated them.
Canon Dr Alvyn Pettersen, of Worcester Cathedral, said:
“The joy on the faces of families, and especially of young children greeting, stroking and even kissing Lily the Pink on the nose, as they have followed the trail of giraffes through the city to the Cathedral has been a real delight to behold.
“And turning the Cathedral’s Chapter House into a ‘Giraffe House’ which will rival that in any zoo will be very exciting.”
Sara Matthews, Project Manager of Worcester Stands Tall, said:
“We’re so excited to offer this special opportunity before our giraffes leave the city for their forever homes.
“It is quite a spectacular sight to see all 57 of our giraffes together in the stunning surroundings of the Chapter House.”
Proceeds from the Farewell Event will go to the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal to extend and redevelop its building in Worcester, enabling it to care for more patients and loved ones in the future.
The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m. For more information about Build 2020 visit www.strichards.org.uk/build2020
Places can still be booked for the Auction event on Thursday, 11th October, while telephone, online and commission bidding is also available.
Bidding is expected to start from between £2,500 and £3,500 for each sculpture, with all money raised going to the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal. The auction is supported by Barclays and will be held at drp Group, near Hartlebury.
To find out more visit www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/auction