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The giraffes are coming – get set for Worcester Stands Tall adventure

18th May 2017

The biggest public art event ever seen in Worcester will take the city by storm next summer as gentle, giant giraffes stand tall in our midst.

Over 25 huge giraffe sculptures will be majestically towering over residents and visitors for ten weeks in 2018 for 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 individually designed, beautifully created, 2.5m tall giraffe sculptures appearing throughout the city’s streets, parks and open spaces, inspiring residents and visitors to uncover the city’s cultural gems and discover areas they may not have explored before.

Funded by companies and individuals from around the county, the sculptures will be brought to life by regional and national artists to create the visually stunning trail of art.

At the end of the project the sculptures will be auctioned to raise vital funds for the free on-going care and support offered by St Richard’s Hospice for people affected by life-limiting illnesses.

Wild in Art is one of the UK’s leading creative producers of spectacular public art events and previous trails, such as The Big Hoot in Birmingham and GoGoGorillas in Norwich have been massive public success stories as well as raising vital funds for charity.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director for St Richard’s, said: “We’re really excited at the thought of majestic giraffes set against Worcester’s iconic backdrop, standing tall alongside us to bring colour and vibrancy to the city.”

She added: “Worcester Stands Tall will be an amazing adventure and is hugely important to St Richard’s Hospice. Not only will it inspire civic pride and conversation and give people an opportunity to get active on a free and fun day out, but we also hope to raise a significant sum towards the compassionate care and support we give to thousands of people each year.”

Worcester Stands Tall launch

Mrs Cavell explained: “Giraffes are majestic, but elegant; gentle but giant. They are sociable creatures but do not form herds, instead they meet in changing groups each day, rather as we do in our own communities. We thought these wonderful creatures were a great representation of our own city.

“We also love the fact that the collective noun for a group of giraffes is a ‘tower’ and we have some fine examples of those already in Worcester.

“We are at the beginning of an exciting journey with this project, one which we hope will bring lots of joy and laughter to our city, and we would encourage our corporate supporters to help us make it the most innovative, inclusive mass participation event ever seen in Worcester.”

The giraffes will be joined by at least 25 baby giraffe sculptures – smaller, but crafted just as creatively, by students and teachers in local schools. The baby giraffes will be displayed in the city for the 10 weeks during the trail.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art, said: “We are delighted to be working with St Richard’s to bring a tower of giraffes to Worcester. The sculpture has been purposefully designed to act as a 3D canvas for artists, communities and young people to bring to life with the many hundreds of unique designs showcasing the city’s creativity; its heritage and spirit of fun.

“We are so excited to help deliver an event that will bring art to the streets and public spaces across Worcester and encourage thousands of people to enjoy the wonderful world of technicolour and creativity.

“Sponsorship packages are still available and we hope the city’s industries and businesses together with its cultural providers will recognise the benefits of getting involved as well as the positives for the local community and the hospice.”

To find out more about Worcester Stands Tall or to discuss sponsorship opportunities visit www.WorcesterStandsTall.co.uk or email worcesterstandstall@strichards.org.uk

You can also follow Worcester Stands Tall at facebook.com/WorcesterStandsTall  Twitter.com/WorcStandsTall and Instagram.com/worcesterstands

Worcester Stands Tall is supported by presenting partners Worcestershire Ambassadors and Crowngate and media partners Free Radio and Worcester News.

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