A herd of colourful rhinos will brighten up Castle Street Square, within Oxford Castle Quarter, for six weeks this summer.
Designed and decorated by Oxfordshire schools, the vibrant and exciting series of sculptures will assemble together in a multi-coloured ‘crash’ for visitors to Oxford Castle Quarter to enjoy from Wednesday 25th July until Wednesday 5th September.
Free to attend, the Woa Rhino parade is spearheaded by a large rhinoceros designed by students from Oxford’s Warriner School and features a further eleven mini-sculptures designed by students from the following schools:
Christopher Rawlins Church of England Primary School
Bishop Carpenter Church of England Aided Primary School
Bloxham Church of England Primary School
Longcot & Fernham CE Primary School
Dr Radcliffe’s Church of England School
Shenington Church of England Primary School
Sibford Gower Endowed Primary School
Wroxton Church of England Primary School
Woodstock Church of England Primary School
Each participating primary school received their own rhino sculpture and a creativity pack that provided schools and teachers with a term time of conservation themed, curricular work and a 3-dimensional canvas on which to create an extraordinary design.
Angela Blythe, textiles teacher at The Warriner School, said: “The children have absolutely loved it. They have really enjoyed learning about the rhinos and what needs to be done to protect them. I found out about this after seeing a local project, which looked brilliant, so I wanted the school to get involved. Something like this is a bit different and we wanted to try and make the children more aware of conservation work.”
This free public art exhibition is brought to Oxford by leading arts and education company Wild in Art. Charlie Langhorne, Director, Wild in Art commented,
“We put creativity at the heart of the curriculum. The sculptures are a blank canvas and we are always amazed by the imagination of the children and the art they create”.
Sarah Mayhew of Oxford Castle Quarter welcomes the summer visitors;
“We are delighted to be the host venue for Woa Rhinos and are really looking forward to spending the summer with these unusual visitors.”
Notes to Editors:
Media contact: Becky Allen, Wild in Art 07974 949544 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxford Castle was originally built in 1071, and, after many years as a jail, is now a thriving part of the city centre with a hotel, bars, restaurants, an art gallery, and a visitor attraction, as well as a year round programme of events. Daily tours of the original castle and jail are conducted for those wanting to learn more about the site’s interesting history at Oxford Castle – Unlocked. www.oxfordcastle.com
Wild in Art is the leader in the development, management and production of mass public appeal art events and related education and community activity. Focussing on education and using a unique range of sculptures and cross-curricular resources, Wild in Art pioneers 21st Century learning throughout the UK and beyond. From Rhinos to Penguins, and on everything in-between, Wild in Art projects offer fun, collaborative learning that inspires children of all abilities to unleash their creative talent! www.wildinart.co.uk