Petr Horacek artist

Pupils help ‘dream-up’ giraffe sculpture design

Worcester school pupils let their imaginations run wild to help an award-winning children’s book illustrator design artwork for a giant giraffe sculpture.

Students at RGS Worcester worked with artist Petr Horáček, whose books include Silly Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse, on the creative project – part of St Richard’s Hospice’s Worcester Stands Tall art trail.

The sculpture, sponsored by the RGS family of independent schools, will go on display in Worcester from July 9 to September 16 alongside 29 other eye-catching, 8ft tall giraffes.

Mr Horáček, who lives in Worcester, said:

“Our big sculpture is called ‘Dreaming Giraffe’ so I asked children to design a picture of a giraffe doing something it would dream about – dancing, cartwheels, jumping around.

“The designs were very colourful. It is fun and a great opportunity for children to see their own work exhibited, taken seriously and appreciated by others.”

The children’s designs feature on the large sculpture and also on a giraffe calf called Mr Razzle Dazzle.

The little sculpture will stand tall in Crowngate Shopping Centre as one of 26 calves designed by schools and community groups from across Worcestershire.

The school has embraced the giraffe theme – with art students exploring the animal in many different mediums and styles.

Pupils’ creativity has extended to giraffe-themed fundraising activities in aid of St Richard’s – including a break-time sweet shop and coin stacks.

John Pitt, Headmaster, said:

“I am delighted the three RGS Worcester schools are involved in the Worcester Stands Tall project.

“The pupils and staff have really embraced the fundraising and have come up with many innovative ways of raising funds for St Richard’s Hospice – including a member of staff completing a sponsored ‘loop-the-loop’ in a plane, to creating giraffes out of coins that have been donated. Our alumni association, the AOOEs, has also made a significant donation to enable us to take part.

“It is fantastic that a giraffe designed by the pupils with Petr Horáček will be on display as part of the trail around Worcester.

“The Art department here has thoroughly enjoyed working with the pupils and Petr, and we now have giraffes springing up all over RGS!”

St Richard’s Hospice is bringing the much-anticipated event to the city in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art – and will auction the large sculptures for its Build 2020 Appeal in October.

The appeal aims to raise the final £1.4m needed to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.

The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.

To find out more about Worcester Stands Tall call 01905 763963 and ask for Sara Matthews, email worcesterstandstall@strichards.org.uk or visit worcesterstandstall.co.uk.

Worcester Stands Tall is supported by Presenting Partners Worcestershire Ambassadors and Crowngate Shopping Centre, Education partner West Midland Safari Park and Media Partners Free Radio and Worcester News.