Visitors to a Worcester shopping centre will soon be able to sneak a peek while artists paint giraffe sculptures for a major public art event.
From Monday, 16th April to Friday, 11th May, a unit between JoJo Maman Bébé and Debenhams in Crowngate Shopping Centre will be transformed into a painting space for some of the artists chosen to take part in Worcester Stands Tall.
Passersby will be able to glimpse through the window to spot sections of the sculptures as they are covered in beautiful artwork – ready for the trail this summer.
Worcester Stands Tall will see 30, 8ft tall giraffe sculptures stand through the streets and open spaces of the city for 10-weeks, forming an interactive public art trail.
Among the 11 artists painting in the public space is Bromsgrove-based artist Marnie Maurri, who said:
“I really am super-excited and I have been since I got the call that my design had been chosen – I screeched down the phone!
“I’m so excited to meet some of the other artists, get painting and bring my giraffe to life – I just can’t wait to start on Monday!”
Anna Mitchell, an artist from Malvern, is also painting her sculpture in the space. She said:
“I’m really looking forward to sharing a space with other artists and their giraffes, collaborating on this exciting public art project for Worcester.”
The full designs will be kept shrouded from public view until the trail begins on Monday, July 9th – with just sections visible to passersby in Crowngate.
Once the trail begins, the sculptures will be on show until Sunday, September 16th.
Alongside the large sculptures, will be 26 giraffe calves decorated by schools and community groups displayed through Crowngate Shopping Centre, which is a major partner in the event.
Mike Lloyd, Operations Manager at Crowngate Shopping Centre, said:
“We’re delighted to be able to offer a space in the centre to the artists, so they can get stuck in creating their giraffes ahead of the launch of the public trail, and we’re sure our shoppers will be eager to take a peek at what they’re up to.
“Not only is Worcester Stands Tall a brilliant initiative to engage the city during the summer, but it’s exciting that the sculptures will be auctioned in aid of the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal, which is close to many people’s hearts in Worcester.
“During the summer, Crowngate will also be home 26 giraffe calves, which will all be decorated by schools and community groups. We look forward to seeing the artists finished sculptures and we can’t wait to see people taking part in the interactive trail this summer.”
Charlotte Brennan, Arts Programme Co-ordinator for Worcester Stands Tall, said:
“We are so excited to have some of our fantastic artists painting their sculptures in Crowngate.
“It is a great space and we’re thrilled to be able to share some of the excitement with members of the public! Make sure you come along and sneak a peek!”
Once the trail has ended, 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
Worcester Stands Tall is a Wild in Art project, brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice.