Chichester and Arundel set to dazzle with upcoming sculpture trail

The Big Hoot is an exciting new art trail which will fly in to West Sussex next summer.

Wild in Art are partnering with charity Chestnut Tree House to bring the public art event to Chichester and Arundel, providing a free, fun and family-friendly trail for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The trail was announced at a launch event at Pallant House Gallery on 24 May. The first sculpture for the trail was unveiled, an Owl inspired by the Roman history of Chichester and Arundel and painted by Brighton-based artist Judith Berrill.

Judith chose to create the Owl as Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, justice and the arts. One of the best-known Roman goddesses, Minerva is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl, which symbolises her association with wisdom and knowledge.

The exact dates are still to be confirmed but the collection of Wild in Art’s much-loved Owl sculptures will take up residence in the area from July 2024, bringing colour and joy to the area.

Each sculpture will be designed and painted by an artist, and sponsored by a business, group or individual. They will be on display for eight weeks before coming together at one location for a special farewell event in September 2024. Following this, a grand auction will take place, where the sculptures will be sold to raise money for Chestnut Tree House.

The owls are not only a wonderful 3D canvas for creativity, but also a symbol of significance for Chestnut Tree House. The Owl represents a special part of the charity – the Woodland Walk. The fully accessible outdoor space gives children at the hospice time to spend in the great outdoors and be part of nature.

The money raised from The Big Hoot art trail and auction will enable Chestnut Tree House to continue providing vital care and support to children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families, across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.

In addition to bringing businesses and community groups together as sculpture sponsors, The Big Hoot art trail will also encourage schools and other education establishments to get involved in a city-wide Learning Programme.

Local schools and community groups will paint their own ‘Little Hoot’ sculpture to join the trail in groups at indoor venues.

Amanda Fadero, CEO at Chestnut Tree House said “We are so excited to be announcing this art trail and are looking forward to bringing The Big Hoot to the city of Chichester and historic market town of Arundel.

“At Chestnut Tree House, we know how important it is for families to make the most of every moment – spending time together and making precious memories. The Big Hoot is something that all ages can enjoy, and we hope it will encourage families and friends to come together to explore the local area, as well as find out more about the work we do as a charity supporting local children and young people with life-limiting conditions.”

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