Retail Birmingham has announced its second owl completing the line-up for The Big Hoot.
It has been designed and spary-painted by the region’s foremost graffiti artist Temper.
The Big Hoot is presented by public art specialists, Wild in Art, in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Retail Birmingham is proudly sponsoring the exciting project alongside a range of Birmingham businesses, to bring 89 individually designed owl statues to the city as part of a visually stunning trail this summer.
Standing at 165cm tall and designed by a number of talented local artists, the striking owls will be on display for 10 weeks from Monday 20th July to Sunday 27th September.
Temper, also known as Arron Bird, is widely recognised as one of the most successful and talented graffiti artists of his generation.
His work takes inspiration from street art, popular culture, comic book art and music, as well as being heavily influenced by symbolism, philosophy, astrology and the cult of celebrity.
Not only has Temper been critically acclaimed by his peers in the art world – becoming the first graffiti artist ever to be award a solo show in a major public gallery (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) – but also from his fans and collectors of his creations.
Temper, who works from his studio in the Jewellery Quarter, said: “Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a fundamental part of the city and is renowned all over the world for its pioneering work. My own daughter has been there many times and received the finest care for which I am very grateful. I wanted to paint the owl with some realism, featuring its tail feathers, shaking them up and the title ‘Re-tail’ came naturally.”
Steve Hewlett from Retail Birmingham said “Temper is a creative genius and Birmingham, as a city, are lucky to have him here. We are honoured that he has taken on our commission. He’s used over 300 cans of spray paint and the detail of the feathers in his owl design has to be seen to be believed. We are sure it will be a must-visit owl on the trail and raise vital funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”
Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, adds: “We are delighted to have Temper involved in The Big Hoot. His artwork is widely recognised and we hope that his design for Retail Birmingham will capture the imaginations of residents and visitors alike.
“The Big Hoot is a fantastic opportunity for Birmingham, not only because it will bring in visitors from all over the UK but also because brummies will get to be tourists in their own city, giving them the opportunity to rediscover its heritage and cultural offering.”