Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell and Sutton Coldfield (for 10 weeks)
The big sleuth is this years charity event run for the Birmingham Children’s hospital. (The last one was the Big Hoot, owl sculptures). Local companies and organisations sponsor the sculptures and local schools, artists and companies decorate them. 230 of them are dotted around the city, Solihull, Sandwell and Sutton Coldfield in shops/museums and parks all to be found. Great fun to be had by young and young at heart, and good exercise. After 10 weeks they are collected up and put on display in one place so that you can see them all for a small donation. They are then auctioned off for the hospital.
The big sleuth so called because a sleuth is the name for a group of bears, so you are sleuthing around while looking for the sleuth. Bears have also been picked this year to help raise awareness of the Sun Bear who’s numbers are sadly declining.
I found a few of the bears, my favorite had to be Ursa Minor The Little Bear. Hidden on the bear is a smaller bear, you need a magnifying glass to see it, I found it with the help of the security guard (it’s in the bears right ear, and it really is tiny). Some of the bears were not there, but they kindly left messages to say they were at the vets and would be back soon :), you have to love Birmingham.
I may go on a bear hunt and find some of the others, when I have time, and if I do I will do another blog post and photos.
Photos of some of the bears.