Un-bear-lievable artwork goes on display

Paws for a moment to enjoy the fabulous array of bear sculptures on The Big Sleuth trail.

Paws for a moment to enjoy the fabulous array of bear sculptures on The Big Sleuth trail.

If you go down in West Bromwich today you’re sure of a big surprise…in the form of a giant painted bear sculpture!

Part of The Big Sleuth public art trail, Picnic Time for Teddy Bears is one of six eye-catching creations on display in Sandwell and more than 100 across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The bear is sponsored by local building society the West Brom and will be auctioned off once the trail finishes in September, with all proceeds going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

It takes its theme from the classic children’s song The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, which was a favourite of the artist Cathy Simpson when she was a child. Her stunning artwork depicts several bears enjoying a grand day out in the woods, complete with delicious food and a few sweet treats. 

Picnic Time for Teddy Bears is situated outside Central Sixth, close to the shops and restaurants in New Square.

Other Big Sleuth bears in Sandwell can be found on West Bromwich High Street and at Sandwell Valley, Bearwood bus station, Lightwoods Park and Warley Woods. There are also displays of smaller bear cub sculptures created by local schools around the borough and throughout Birmingham.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital has linked up with creative experts Wild in Art for the family-friendly Big Sleuth trail. 

To most people, the word ‘sleuth’ means a private detective, but it’s also the collective noun for a group of bears. All sculptures are inspired by the sun bear, the world’s smallest species of bear which is now threatened with extinction.

Among the imaginative designs on the trail are bears themed around honey bees, rainforests, William Shakes-bear, adventurer Bear Grylls and even Star Trek character Mr Spock.

Follow the adventures of the West Brom’s Picnic Time bear on Twitter @picnicbear2017. 

Learn more about The Big Sleuth at www.thebigsleuth.co.uk and support Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity by texting SLEUTH to 70007 to make a one-off £3 donation.

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