FAQ

Big Hoot Auckland 2018 – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Big Hoot?

The Big Hoot is a large scale art trail event that will be swooping through the streets of Auckland City and its surrounds for ten weeks from early March to May 2018.

Up to 40 bespoke-designed, fiberglass 1.6m tall Owls will be displayed on the trail.  Each owl will be sponsored by a business, educational institution, community group or individual, and bespoke designed by artists, both established and emerging artists.

Local school children will also be invited to take part in the Big Hoot through a schools programme called “the Little Hoot”. Auckland schools can purchase their own Owlets to design, a 90cm version of the Owls, which will be placed on the trail but returned to each school once the public display has finished.

At the end of the event, each large Owl will be auctioned to raise funds to help support children with cancer and their families throughout New Zealand.

This project is presented by Child Cancer Foundation in partnership with the International creator of the event, Wild in Art.

How do I sponsor an Owl?

Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring an owl can find out more by contacting the Big Hoot Sponsorship Manager, Carl Jackson at sponsorship@thebighoot.co.nz

If I sponsor an Owl, do I get to choose its design?

Yes. Artists will submit their designs which will be presented to sponsors in July 2017 at a special event.  Sponsors will select their preferred artwork, which will then be translated onto a blank Owl by the commissioned artist, creating a unique piece of design.

I’m an artist, how do I submit a design?

Artist Submissions are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted designs. There was an ‘owl’verwhelming number of submissions received from the art community, so we have some spectacular designs to show our sponsors. All artists will be notified by the end of July 2017.

How can my school get involved in the Big Hoot’s Little Hoot?

Registrations for Auckland schools who want to take part in the Little Hoot are closing soon. It costs $475+GST to participate. This covers the cost of the owlette’s creation and delivery, along with access to the Little Hoot schools programme. Limited spaces available. To find out more contact schools@thebighoot.co.nz.

Is the event free?

Once the Big Hoot gets underway in March 2018, it will be completely free to follow the Big Hoot trail. Trail maps will be available to download from www.bighoot.co.nz or from designated outlets across the city.

Where will the Owls be located and how easy will it be to see them all?

Trail maps will provide information about each of the locations. Each location is designed to be fully accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week but local restrictions may apply. The trail will take people on a journey of discovery and showcase many areas of Auckland. Child Cancer Foundation and Wild in Art cannot be held liable for any Owl that’s unavailable for viewing.

Who are the Big Hoots major sponsors?

Child Cancer Foundation is working with Auckland City and ATEED as well as local businesses and art and education communities to bring the Big Hoot to Auckland.

Currently, we are seeking sponsors and partners for the event, including sponsorship of individual Owls. To discuss opportunities to be involved please contact the Big Hoot Sponsorship Manager, Carl Jackson at sponsorship@thebighoot.co.nz

A full list of current sponsors can be found here.

Who designs the Owls?

The template, blank Owl was created by Chris Wilkinson, Wild in Art’s Creative Director.

Artists, both well-known and undiscovered, have been invited to submit their designs.  Designs are welcome in any art form – traditional to new media, fine art to illustrations, graffiti and mosaic, embroidery to metalwork – to help add drama, fun and a creative flourish to the Big Hoot sculpture trail.

The designs will be presented to sponsors at a Sponsorship Preview reception in July 2017, where sponsors choose the artwork they’d like for their owl and commission the artist. The owls will be created between August – November 2017, all ready for the big unveiling on the Big Hoot trail in March 2018.

In addition, artists will work with community groups on projects with different themes ranging from environment and well-being – through to local history and culture – to create a truly local celebration of Auckland.

Who is responsible for the Big Hoot?

Child Cancer Foundation is the producer of the event. They will be working in partnership with Wild in Art (the International creators of the event) and local stakeholders to ensure the Big Hoot adds value and leaves a lasting legacy for Auckland.

How do you choose where each Owl will be located?

The Big Hoot is a partnership-led event, so the location of the Owls will depend on the buy-in of local communities, funders and sponsors.  We’ve also invited schools throughout Auckland to get involved and showcase young people’s creativity in their local area in a schools trail of Owlets (90cm tall).

How many visitors do you expect the project to attract once the Owls are on display?

Previous events in other locations have attracted over a million visitors to explore and discover their city or town. Please see www.wildinart.co.uk for specific locations and statistics.

What happens if an Owl is vandalised?

In most Wild in Art events, vandalism is a rare occurrence as the locations of the statues are chosen to avoid vandalism. If this does occur, decisions about vandalism are made on a case-by-case basis. Principally, all efforts will be made to restore the Owl, but it remains at Child Cancer Foundation’s discretion regarding the nature of the vandalism. If there is repetition of the vandalism once the Owl has been restored, a different location will be found.

How do I report a damaged Owl?

To report a vandalised or damaged Owl, please call the Big Hoot Project Manager Milly Hemsley 021 734 267.

Can I buy an Owl?

Yes – at the auction in May 2018 – keep an eye on our website (www.thebighoot.co.nz) for more information about this.

The Owlets are only available for schools and education purposes as part of the Big Hoot Schools Programme – they will be returned to each of the schools following the event.

What happens to the Owls at the end of the Big Hoot art trail?

After the local community and tourists have enjoyed following the Big Hoot trail – and everybody’s creativity, dedication and support has paid off – the auction will make a fitting finale for the Owls (the Owlettes will return to the schools and community groups that created them).

The auction is an exciting, major event in its own right. All proceeds from the auction will go to Child Cancer Foundation, and help support Kiwi children with cancer and their families nationwide.

Can anyone bid at the auction?

Yes – the bidding process and all details about the auction will be available on the Big Hoot website shortly.

How much money do you expect to make?

Child Cancer Foundation hopes the event will raise in excess of $300,000 to support children with cancer and their families across New Zealand.

Will all profits from the project go to Child Cancer Foundation?

The net proceeds from the auction will go to Child Cancer Foundation.

What will be the economic benefits to Auckland?

Previous events demonstrate significant benefits and we anticipate this will also be the case in Auckland. The Big Hoot offers a community engagement platform, which will extend for more than 12 months. It has the potential to increase foot traffic and ultimately visitor-spend in sponsor and host venues.

Please see www.wildinart.co.uk for case studies, previous events and relevant statistics.

Who pays for each Owl to be made and designed?

The creation and design of each Owl will be generously sponsored by a local business or organisation.

Who is Child Cancer Foundation?

Child Cancer Foundation is a unique family-focused nationwide network that gives personalised support to children with cancer and their families.

Each family is connected one-to-one with a Family Support Coordinator – someone who can help guide them every step of the way now, and in the future. We’re here not only to help with the big things like emotional, social and practical support. But also the little things they’ve probably never even thought about.

Every week, more than three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer. At any given time, Child Cancer Foundation is assisting over 500 families’ nationwide, offering personalised, one-on-one support in hospital, at home and in the community.

Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct government funding.

Who is Wild in Art?

Wild in Art is one of the world’s leading creative producers of high-impact, public art exhibitions, featuring large-scale, individually designed and decorated sculptures. For Auckland, Wild in Art worked with Child Cancer Foundation to bring the Big Hoot to Auckland and the Owl has been chosen as the quirky canvas for the region’s exceptionally creative community.

Wild in Art create spectacular and award-winning events which inspire, amuse, entertain and educate, through the creation of trails and installations of uniquely decorated 3D animal and other sculptures.  From Superlambananas in Liverpool and prides of lions in Nairobi, to parades of elephants in Melbourne, crashes of rhinos in Sydney and giraffes in Christchurch, Wild in Art’s high-profile and media-friendly events have animated cities and enthralled people the world over. Find out more at www.wildinart.co.uk

Need more information:

Businesses interested in taking part in the project, or potential sponsors of the owls can find out more by contacting the Big Hoot Sponsorship Manager Carl Jackson sponsorship@thebighoot.co.nz

Artists interested in submitting designs can register for more information at www.thebighoot.co.nz

Schools interested in being part of the Big Hoot can find out more at www.thebighoot.co.nz

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