A parliament of colourful owls has descended on Auckland in a celebration of creativity in New Zealand. Launching on Saturday 3 March, the Haier Big Hoot sculpture trail comprises 47 giant owls and 60 owlets dotted around the city for the next nine weeks.
Presented by Child Cancer Foundation and Wild in Art, this ‘totally owlsome’ occurrence will be one of the city’s biggest ever mass participation, public art trail events.
CBRE is proud to be a sponsor of the Haier Big Hoot with its owl “Kintsukuroi” enjoying the sunshine at Queens Wharf. The owl is created by Weilun Ha, a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander whose art explores the ideas of personal stories in symbolic objects, diversity in cultural motifs and gestures of fragility in life philosophies.
Weilun’s owl is influenced by kinstukuroi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with gold. As well as a form of repair, kintsukuroi has a deeper philosophical significance as it recognises the beauty in broken things.
Andrew Stringer, Senior Managing Director New Zealand, said the Haier Big Hoot was a perfect fit for CBRE’s commitment to corporate responsibility in the community.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Aucklanders to enjoy exploring this innovative art trail and CBRE is proud to continue its support of Child Cancer Foundation.”
After the art trail concludes on Sunday 6 May, the owls will be auctioned off in support of Child Cancer Foundation, raising funds to support Kiwi kids with cancer and their families.
Robyn Kiddle, Chief Executive of Child Cancer Foundation, said she was looking forward to the public embracing these special owls across Auckland.
“I am so excited at the thought of over 100 vibrant owls and owlets swooping into Auckland to fill it with colour. The Haier Big Hoot offers a free and fun day out, exploring areas of the city you may never have visited before.”
Every week more than three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer. A child having cancer is probably one of the toughest things a family will ever go through.
But Child Cancer Foundation is here to maintain hope and provide strength. For families. For parents. And of course, the child. Right now we are helping over 1,700 families across New Zealand.
Child Cancer Foundation is a unique family-focused nationwide network that gives personalised support to each family through a one-to-one connection – someone who can help guide them every step of the way now, and in the future.
We have been supporting Kiwi children, parents, siblings and whānau affected by child cancer for almost 40 years. We receive no direct government funding, so are here for families because of the generosity of New Zealanders.
Presented by Child Cancer Foundation, the Haier Big Hoot will be Auckland’s biggest ever mass participation, public art trail.
For nine weeks from Saturday 03 March 2018, 47 Owl sculptures (1.65m tall) custom painted by New Zealand artists, will be exhibited on the Haier Big Hoot art trail at key locations around Auckland. Standing alongside them will be 60 Owlets (90cm tall), many decorated by students from Auckland schools.
Featuring in the free public exhibition will be established artists, along with some of New Zealand’s most exciting up and coming creatives. Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Auckland to explore the colourful invasion of individually designed Owls.
At the end of the trail, the Owls will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Child Cancer Foundation.
The Haier Big Hoot is presented in partnership with Wild in Art, the International creator of the event.
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