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The Haier Big Hoot - Auckland 2018

Sunday 03 March – Sunday 06 May: The Haier Big Hoot public art trail

Tuesday 29 May: Auction of 47 giant owls in support of Child Cancer Foundation

Super-sized owl sculptures will descend on Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot art trail from Saturday 03 March, 2018.  Over 100 owls will roost in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary until Sunday 06 May.

There are 47 giant owls (1.65m) that have been individually designed by Kiwi and International artists. Artists who have created owls include Dick Frizzell, Jeff Thomson, Flox, Peata Larkin, Wayne Youle, Anna Leyland, Weilun Ha and Grace Wright, along with some of New Zealand’s most exciting up and coming creatives. Joining the giant owls are 60 owlets (90cm) – many designed by Auckland school students.

The Haier Big Hoot offers great, free family entertainment, exploring Auckland and tracking down each owl. Find them all using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play from 01 March, and collect rewards as you go.

The 47 giant owls, each a bespoke work of art, will be auctioned off to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation on Tuesday 29 May in Auckland. Child Cancer Foundation provides practical, emotional and financial support to Kiwi kids with cancer and their families. Find out more by visiting www.childcancer.org.nz.

Child Cancer Foundation has played an integral role in the lives of thousands of Kiwi families over the past forty years, providing essential support to the whole family when a child is diagnosed with cancer. The Big Hoot promises to be an interactive event that will surprise and delight children and adults alike, bringing a world-class creative experience to the Auckland landscape, in keeping with our aspirations for the city. Join us and have a lasting impact on the lives of children with cancer and their families.

Brett O’ Riley
CEO, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED)

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