Auckland’s Big Hoot Owls raise over $380k for Child Cancer Foundation

Auckland was all of a flutter on Tuesday 29 May as 49 owl sculptures from the Haier Big Hoot art trail went under the hammer, raising over $380,000 for Child Cancer Foundation.

Bidding was vigorous and competitive throughout Tuesday night’s auction, as bidders staked their claim for owl sculptures decorated and painted by leading New Zealand and international artists.

The top sale price was shared by two owls by New Zealand artists: “Ruru Florilegium” by Rogan James and “Tecolote…The Messenger” by Dick Frizzell.

The Haier Big Hoot won the hearts and minds of many in Auckland and beyond this autumn, with owl sculptures turning the city’s streets, parks and open spaces into a virtual aviary.

Robyn Kiddle, Chief Executive, Child Cancer Foundation said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to the Haier Big Hoot and would like to extend our thanks to the artists, sponsors, schools, buyers and the public for their immeasurable support over the past four months.”

“The funds raised at the Haier Big Hoot auction will be used to continue our vital work, supporting more than 1,700 families across New Zealand,” added Kiddle.

The Haier Big Hoot auction, sponsored by Professionals-Lovegrove Realty, took place at the Aotea Centre, Auckland. All proceeds from the sale of the Haier Big Hoot owls go to Child Cancer Foundation.