Following the successes of Elmer’s Big Parade in 2019 and Pigs Gone Wild in 2016 our latest trail saw 50 individually designed Big Hoot owls placed around Ipswich for everyone to see and enjoy.
Visitors also met our Little Hoot owls, who popped up in special locations all across town; designed by local schools and groups.
Each of our Big Hoots was sponsored by a local business and individually decorated by an artist. At the end of the trail the Big Hoots were auctioned to raise valuable, much needed funds for St Elizabeth Hospice services providing care and support to those living with life-limiting or progressive illness.
The Big and Little Hoots attracted thousands of local families, residents and visitors to Ipswich and in turn contributed financial benefits to the local economy.
From June to September 2019, Ipswich played host to an art trail featuring 55 individually designed elephants based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the patchwork elephant. The sculptures were joined by the Learning Herd; 84 ‘young Elmers’, who were displayed in special locations all across town.
The Elmer sculptures enabled a fantastic £261,500 to be raised to support the work of the hospice.
Forty pig sculptures were dotted around the streets and waterfront of Ipswich as part of the “Pigs Gone Wild” art trail in summer 2016, in aid of the hospice. The pigs, chosen to “celebrate Suffolk’s rich agricultural heritage”, were decorated by local artists.
The iconic sculptures from Ipswich’s Pigs Gone Wild summer art trail were auctioned off to the highest bidders and are now in loving homes.
The initiative raised £200,000 for the hospice, but it also brought in an extra £1m to Ipswich’s economy through increased visits and spending in the town.