A major organisation says it is “delighted” to be involved in an exciting public art showcase coming to Worcester.
The Worcestershire Ambassadors are on board as leading partner with Worcester Stands Tall – a Wild in Art event brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice.
Worcester Stands Tall will see at least 25 beautifully decorated, 2.5-metre tall giraffes tower over the city’s streets, parks and open spaces for 10 weeks during summer 2018 to form a visually stunning art trail.
Artists from across the country will bring the sculptures to life, while each giraffe will be funded by companies and individuals from around the county.
At the end of the project, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for the free on-going care and support offered by St Richard’s Hospice for people affected by life-limiting illnesses.
Vince Hopkins, Chairman of the Worcestershire Ambassadors, said: “Some of our core aims are promoting culture and tourism within the county, as well as working closely with the charitable sector.
“This fantastic project covers these aims – and others as well. It’s not all about the financial benefits of increased tourism – this will put Worcester on the map for a sustained period throughout next year and also beyond.
“This event will raise the profile of the county nationally, bring thousands into the city, directly involve thousands who live in our county, increase consumer and tourism spend, bring together many businesses within the county and it will also raise significant sums for St Richard’s Hospice.
“The art trail brings a very personal and individual aspect so it’s not all about businesses, sponsorship and fundraising.
“The idea of children, grandparents, parents, teachers taking classes around the trail will put a smile on everybody’s faces. The trek to find the giraffes will live long in many people’s memories.”
Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s, said: “We are delighted that Worcestershire Ambassadors are helping us deliver this very exciting, innovative project in the summer of 2018.
“It will have a significant impact on Worcester city and Worcestershire in respect of visitor numbers, community engagement, education and offering employment as well as raising much need funds for St Richard’s.
“Their involvement is crucial to our success and we are excited to work with them to bring such an exciting project to the county.”
Worcester Stands Tall is supported by presenting partners Worcestershire Ambassadors and CrownGate and media partners Free Radio and Worcester News.