Students at a city high school were picked to take part in a giraffe-themed public art project this summer.
Pupils from Regency High School, Worcester, decorated a giraffe calf sculpture for Worcester Stands Tall – thanks to trail sponsors Worcester Bosch.
The trail, brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice, has seen 30, 8ft-tall, decorated giraffe sculptures stand through the city’s streets for 10 weeks from 9th July to 16th September.
Alongside the large sculptures are 27 calves decorated by schools and community groups, and displayed in Crowngate Shopping Centre, Worcester.
Lynne Browne, Art Leader at Regency, said:
“Our giraffe was named as part of a whole school competition and we decorated it from competition entries from across the whole school too.”
A group of staff and students went to Worcester Woods Country Park, where they searched for their giraffe in the woods and brought it back to school.
The school in Carnforth Drive teaches children with a range of additional needs including learning disabilities, physical and medical needs, and sensory impairment.
Worcester Bosch is among the many organisations sponsoring a sculpture for the trail. It has sponsored both a large and small sculpture, which it donated to Regency.
Sue Pennington, Corporate Communications Manager at Worcester Bosch, said:
“We are a great supporter of Regency High School and the excellent work it does to widen students’ experience of the arts. The school is a great advocate of using creativity to expand students’ horizons.
“Worcester Stands Tall is relevant for the school, making the most of each student and helping them to reach their goals.”
Sara Matthews, Worcester Stands Tall Project Manager, said:
“We’re delighted to have both Worcester Bosch and Regency High School on board.
“It is so important to us to ensure children and young people are involved in our trail and benefitting from the unique opportunities it presents.
“We hope that by decorating a calf sculpture, students explored and developed their creativity in a new and fun way – before enjoying seeing their work showcased in the city centre for all the admire!”
At the end of the trail, the calves will be returned to the schools and community group which decorated them as a lasting memento.
The appeal aims to raise the funds 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