The 2018 Cotwolds Hare trail aims to promote a higher awareness and focus on public art, design and sculpture and interest in arts projects; their impact on daily life and the local environment and an understanding of the way in which the arts can support environmental conservation.
It uses art to enhance the experience of visitors to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and to reflect the theme of Living Landscapes.
My five foot hare is named Flutterby and is decorated with various species of butterfly and moth that are indigenous to the Cotswolds.
The 2017 Cotswolds Hare trail launched on 25th March in Woodstock, with the preview on the 9th March held at The Burford Garden Company.
I decorated one of the five foot hares with patterns inspired by the art of Gustav Klimt, see below, and two of the smaller 18 inch hares.
The hares went to auction in October with the net profits going to the charity National Star and also supporting local historical projects in Cotswold towns.
My second small hare was sponsored by Clive Smith at the Manorial Court of Cricklade.
This medieval Court is still in existence today because it manages North meadow Nature Reserve ... an ancient hay meadow.
It is renown for the variety of it's wild flowers, such as the scarce 'Snakeshead Fritillary' but also Oxeye daisies, Knapweed and Marsh Marigolds which along with the Hares Bees, Butterflies and Damselflies, were included in my design.
She is called Precious as around the golden wildlife and flowers and is decorated with diamonds and sapphires.
The first small hare was sponsored by Stephen Farnsworth at Grimes House Gallery in Morton-in-Marsh and I decorated her to look like she was made of fused Millifiori glass, hence her name is "Milli". Once she arrived at the gallery Stephen started to document her adventures around the gallery, see below.
Gustav the Hare
I received my five foot fibreglass hare on Monday 6th February, kindly delivered by the chaps from Corinium Movers and Storage.
I was one of the last artists to receive my hare so the pressure was really on to complete in time!
My sponsor was Ian Sawyer of A-Plan Assurance, Cricklade.
Gustav was located in the window of "Madam Blunt" in Cricklade High Street for the 2017 trail.
Take a look at how Gustav progressed: