Dates set for The Big Sleuth to take over Birmingham

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Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art are pleased to announce Birmingham’s The Big Sleuth will launch on Monday 10 July, after months of anticipation.

The free 10-week public art trail will turn Birmingham into Bear-mingham as the city will become engulfed in colour with up to 100, 165cm tall sculptures of the animals taking to the region’s streets, parks and open spaces.

The Big Sleuth is bringing artists together with local businesses, charities, schools and community groups to transform hundreds of blank, giant Sun Bears with imaginative, individual works of art.

Named after the collective noun for a group of bears, The Big Sleuth will be showcasing the artistic and cultural diversity the city has to offer. The family-friendly trail is intended to inspire residents and tourists to get active by walking, jogging, running or cycling The Big Sleuth Trail.

Located across the city, with satellite trails in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Sandwell and at Resorts World, this fantastic spectacle will culminate on Sunday 17 September.

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said:

The Big Sleuth will encourage residents and families of Birmingham and beyond to see our amazing city in a new light

At the end of the exhibition, the giant bears will be sold at auction. The Big Sleuth’s predecessor, The Big Hoot, raised over £500,000 for the charity at auction, and they aim to do the same.

All proceeds will go towards helping the children and young people treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.