The Cube’s newest resident is a wide-eyed wonder!
The Cube’s newest resident has been described as a wide-eyed wonder by the building’s management team as they prepare to welcome a large owl statue to the building on Monday 20 July as part of Birmingham’s public art project The Big Hoot.
Mr Architect, designed by Southampton based artist Sam Pierpoint will land at The Cube along with over 89 owls across the region. Mr Architect is covered in specific architectural elements from some of Birmingham’s key landmarks and was chosen by The Cube’s management team for it’s exceptional detail and inclusion of the Cube’s iconic gold paneled design.
27-year-old Sam has been a freelance illustrator for five years and was born and raised in Tamworth where some of her family and friends still live. Sam trained at the Lichfield School of Art and later Nottingham Trent University where she developed an interest in creating paper structures which has now led to an interest in architecture.
Mr Architect won’t be the only owl descending upon The Cube as Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill has announced its participation in The Big Hoot welcoming an owl to their terrace on 20 July.
Describing her unique design, Sam said: ”I love shopping here in Birmingham and I particularly enjoy the mix of old and new buildings. Selfridges next to St Martin’s Church is a particular favourite part of town for me. The contrast in architecture is beautiful.
“Mr Architect has been a great project and a real challenge in terms of the intricate building designs, Its been great to be back in Birmingham and I can’t wait to see him in place at The Cube”
Neil Edginton, Director of The Cube said: “We’re extremely excited to unveil Mr Architect on 20 July, we know he is the perfect fit for The Cube and we’ve had an extremely talented artist working on this wide-eyed wonder”
Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art, said: “It’s great to have The Cube on board with The Big Hoot. Our public art projects have a proven track record of increasing tourism and heightening the profile of our host cities, and we’re confident that this will continue in Birmingham, as visitors and residents alike discover the city through this unique and visually stunning artistic trail.”
Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We’re delighted to have The Cube involved in The Big Hoot. Thanks to them and our other corporate partners we will ultimately be able to fund some important projects for the children and young people at our hospital and for that we’re immensely grateful.”