The Big Sleuth 2017

The departure of The Big Hoot owls left many of you in a feathery flap! Well, the good news is Birmingham’s second adventure is mysteriously taking shape!

Repeating The Big Hoot’s multi-award-winning formula, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art are teaming up to present The Big Sleuth.

To most people, the word ‘sleuth’ means a private detective, but it’s also the collective noun for a group of bears! Bizarre but true.

Birmingham will bring both definitions together in the summer of the 2017 and the Sun Bear, the world’s smallest species of bear (now threatened with extinction) is the inspiration for a brand-new sculpture for this event.

These incredible creatures are sure to inspire creativity and generate plenty of fun for all you sleuth spotters on the trail!  After which, the bears will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.


Our Involvement - Update March 17

We are delighted to be supporting The Big Sleuth, a free public art event taking place this summer which will see up to 100 giant bear sculptures leave their paw prints all over the city for 10 weeks.

The Big Sleuth, so named because sleuth is the collective noun for a group of bears, will see the individually designed, 165cm tall, sculptures appearing throughout the city, inspiring residents and tourists to uncover Bear-mingham’s cultural gems and discover areas of the city they may not have explored before. 

At the end of the trail, the bears will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. 

The second event of its kind, in 2015 The Big Hoot raised in total more than £625,000 to support the hospital’s pioneering work.

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Progress timeline 2017


We can officially announce that we have picked our bear-illiant design however it’ll be kept under wraps until the big reveal in July. 


Our artist has taken delivery of our Sleuth and is in the process of turning her design into reality.


Mother Bear is finally complete and ready for the big reveal in July. 


No much happening now until the reveal in July 


The Big Sleuth has officially launched and you can find Mother Bear on the trail around Birmingham


The trail is in full swing, lots is happening. 


The trail is coming to an end after all the excitement throughout the summer. 


Mother Bear is going to auction. 

October Auction

Mother Bear has been sold to a private buyer for £6,200. We tried our best to bring her to Seesaws but it was not meant to be. I hope the new owner loves her as much as we did. 



Check our Mother Bear’s tweets from Summer 2017