A technology company is backing an innovative art project set to bring 8ft tall giraffe sculptures to the streets of Worcester this summer.
Gtech, based in Worcester, is sponsoring three giraffe sculptures for the Worcester Stands Tall trail – which will see decorated giraffes tower through the city for 10 weeks.
Two of the company’s giraffes are smaller, calf sculptures which it has donated to Worcester’s Riversides School and St Paul’s Hostel to paint for the trail.
The 30 large sculptures will be painted by artists and displayed through Worcester’s streets and open spaces – while a total of 26 calves, decorated by schools and community groups, will stand in the city’s Crowngate Shopping Centre.
Nick Grey, Gtech Founder, said: “We love the project and will do whatever we can to support it.”
Pupils at Riversides and clients at St Paul’s are busy designing artwork and decorating for their sculptures, ready for the trail, which runs from Monday, July 9 to Sunday, September 16.
Ruth Meachem, Assistant Headteacher at Riversides School, said:
“We are grateful to Gtech for sponsoring our giraffe calf.
“The children are very excited about designing our sculpture. It is very good for their self-esteem because they can feel pride in contributing something to the community.
“The giraffe is based on patches of the school’s logo in the background and is about what the school means to you.”
Gregg Dobson, Catering Manager at St Paul’s Hostel, said:
“It’s great what the guys are going to do – they are going to cover the giraffe in mosaic tiles to symbolise their broken lives and how they are putting them back together.
“We are really happy to be a part of this project and support the hospice.”
Sara Matthews, Worcester Stands Tall Project Manager, said:
“It’s fantastic to have Gtech involved with our sculpture trail – and even better to see it enabling the community to get involved too.
“We are very excited to see how both St Paul’s and Riversides decorate their calves – make sure you look out for them on the trail!”
The large sculptures will be auctioned this October to raise money for the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal.
The appeal aims to raise the final £1.4m needed to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.
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