Students of Bath College are using skills learnt in class to contribute to Minerva’s Owls of Bath, the city-wide sculpture trail which launches next month.
Carpentry students from Bath College at the Somer Valley Campus in Radstock have been collaborating with the Owls of Bath team to create wooden plinths on which most of the painted owls and owlets will be perched. They are working with sapele ply and using traditional joinery methods. The plinths also have wheels, so they can easily be moved in and out of their nests.
Once constructed, the plinths will be finished by painting and decorating students, who are tasked with decorating the plinths to resemble traditional Bath stone.
The Bath Business Improvement District, which is a Gold Sponsor of the event, has donated one of the smaller owlets to Bath College for their art students at the City Centre Campus to decorate.
Megan Witty, Event Organiser, says: “We are so pleased to be working with Bath College and schools across Bath. We’re delighted that the Bath BID has donated an owlet to Bath College students to get owl creative. This is a great example of how businesses, schools and organizations across the Bath community are coming together to take part in the Minerva’s Owls project.”
Head of Marketing at Bath College, Fiona Gilbert, says “What a wonderful chance for our students to showcase their skills to so many visitors and residents of Bath this summer, whilst also supporting some very worthy causes.”
Bath College isn’t the only educational establishment jumping on board. Infant and senior schools around Bath including Farmborough Primary school, Twerton Infants, Kingswood School, Royal High Junior School and the Paragon school have been creating their own owlet masterpieces, all to be mounted on the plinths constructed by Bath College.
Three Ways School in Odd Down is very excited to have just been donated an owlet to decorate by the Paragon School. The Three Ways School Lions of Bath sculpture, which they decorated in 2010, still has pride of place at the school where it welcomes pupils as they arrive each morning.
Minerva’s Owls of Bath will see nearly 80 decorated owl and owlet sculptures perched in and around Bath from the 25 June – 10 September 2018 and extends a big winged invitation to anyone who would like to visit the World Heritage city to track down all the owls on the trail. Each sculpture will be sponsored by different local businesses and organizations, such as SouthGate Bath, the Bath Guildhall Market, Yewtrade, Norland College, the Ivy Brasserie, The Abbey Hotel and many more.
The owls will be auctioned on 17th October at the Assembly Rooms in Bath in aid of four local Bath charities; the new RUH Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers Centre, Roman Baths Archway Project and the UK Little Owl Project.
For more information about the Minerva’s Owls of Bath Trail, visit minervasowls.org