Two major county institutions have joined forces to sponsor a giraffe sculpture for an upcoming public art trail run by St Richard’s Hospice.
Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester are sponsoring the 8ft-tall giraffe – which will join 29 others to be decorated and displayed in the city for Worcester Stands Tall this summer.
The joint approach represents each organisation’s commitment to education, children and young people, arts and culture and health and wellbeing – while symbolising the partnership which operates The Hive library in Worcester.
The trail, which begins on July 9th and runs until September 16th, will see beautifully decorated, fibreglass giraffes displayed through Worcester’s streets and open spaces to form an interactive trail lasting 10-weeks.
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities at the county council, said:
“I am delighted the council is sponsoring a giraffe sculpture with the University of Worcester as it re-enforces the shared vision and commitment to the communities we jointly share across the city and the county.”
Anne Hannaford, Director of Arts and Culture at the University of Worcester, said:
“The Worcester Stands Tall project builds on the University and the County Council’s work together, through a shared commitment to the people who live here, to achieve educational opportunity, engagement and a community that cares for one another.”
Alongside the large sculptures, there will be 25 smaller giraffe calves decorated by schools and community groups, and displayed through Crowngate Shopping Centre.
Sara Matthews, Worcester Stands Tall Project Manager, said:
“We’re delighted to have two such prominent organisations supporting our art trail.
“We hope the hospice giraffes will help get people out in Worcester, engaging with public art and interacting with each other – helping to strengthen our communities.”
Once the art trail has finished, the large sculptures will be auctioned in 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