Minerva's Owls Bath Sculpture Trail - Summer 2018

 

The unveiling of the Minerva's Owls of Bath Sculpture Trail took place on the iconic Royal Crescent. I arrived bright and early on Monday 19th of June to be welcomed by 30 beautiful, individually decorated owls and owlet sculptures, all peering mysteriously back at me! Accompanying the fabulous flock were some of the artists who designed them, as well as the media and press. To begin with, I had the flock mostly to myself, as they were finding their positions on the lawn, but there was soon a hype of activity; tripods were being set up, live streaming on social media was taking place, and local news coverage was in motion too!

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If you are not local to Bath, or perhaps reading this post looking blankly back at the screen wondering what the Minerva's Owls of Bath Sculpture Trail is, then 'owl' fill you in!

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The sculpture trail features over 80 large owls and smaller owlets, all individually adorned in colourful, bespoke artwork. Each owl has been designed by artists, schools, charities, local businesses, as well as wildlife TV presenter, Chris Packham, and, Horrible Histories illustrator, Martin Brown. Moreover, each owl has been sponsored by organisations and businesses across the region and all will be auctioned at the end of the display to help raise funds for local charities.

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So, where can you find these fine specimens now perched?!

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The owls are residing in popular tourist hotspots across the city; The Circus, Pulteney Bridge, and the Thermae Bath Spa, to name a few. In addition, some of the flock have feathered their nests in surrounding towns such as Bradford-on-Avon, Street and Corsham...

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This is one of the major sculpture trails of its kind in the UK, and, the project follows in the popular footsteps of 'Lions of Bath 2010', and, 'Bladud's Pigs 2008' (both of which were organised by the team behind Minerva's Owls of Bath).

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From splendid lions, to fabulous pigs, and, now to beautiful owls. Why, you might ask, showcase our feathery friends?

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The handsome owls take inspiration from the Roman Goddess of Wisdom, Minerva (you can spot her further down this post!). The Roman Baths Temple was dedicated to the Goddess of Wisdom in the 1st Century AD. Minerva was often depicted with her sacred creature, the owl - the 'owl of Minerva'. The owl symbolised her 'association with wisdom and knowledge.' This public art event thus celebrates Bath's Roman heritage, whilst raising those all-important funds for charities in the area...

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This is a three-month event, which concludes on the 10th of September.

Now it's time to find out whoooo's who!...


If you would like more information regarding this event, head on over here...