As part of The Big Hoot, the most famous brummie in the world has designed his very own Ozzy Owl in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Ozzy had a very personal reason for getting involved and said “My son Louis was in Birmingham Children’s Hospital for quite a while as a child and they took such good care of him which I will always remember. They do amazing work for kids and families in my hometown.”
Ozzy has been working on the design with his close friend Graham Frank Wright. They’ve known each other and worked together for over 40 years, with Graham being on the road with Ozzy from his early days with Black Sabbath.
Artist Graham Frank Wright said: “When Ozzy and I were together in the 70’s in our younger days we were a couple of night owls. We were working doing gigs late into the night and so we both thought it would be good to paint Ozzy’s Owl as a night owl. The idea was to incorporate the stars, the midnight sky and the silhouette of the Birmingham skyline together with Ozzy’s hands and glasses, it’s a combination of Ozzy, his hometown, late nights and we both think it’s all come together.”
Retail Birmingham BID, the organisation which represents retailers in the city centre are the sponsors of Ozzy’s Owl and were the driving force in making it happen. Steve Hewlett from Retail Birmingham said ”It’s been such a fun project working with Ozzy and Graham on this and we are sure it will be big hit with the public wanting to see it and have a photo with it. We hope it will raise lots of money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”
It’s exactly eight years since Ozzy became the first recipient of the Walk of Stars on Broad Street.
Ozzy’s Owl has his very own twitter @OzzysOwl ….look closely and he has a very important official follower who may also be twit twoing along the way!