Calling all Takapuna Artists!


In early 2018 Auckland’s streets, parks and open spaces will play host to up to 40 individually designed and beautifully created 1.6m tall Owls. These Owls will be displayed on a trail across the city for 10 weeks as part of the Big Hoot art event.

I Love Takapuna is excited to announce that one of the owls will take pride of place in our community – and we are searching for a local artist to bring it to life.

Submissions from artists interested in designing and creating an owl that represents the Takapuna community are now OPEN.


The Big Hoot fibreglass owl sculpture will provide a quirky canvas for artistic expression. The sculptures lend themselves to a raft of multimedia approaches.

What makes the experience special for our community, is the opportunity to be part of an event that celebrates the mass appeal of public art – made accessible and fun. Taking art out of traditional arts venues and onto the streets, for everybody to enjoy interacting with, can popularise art and encourage a wider appreciation of artistic techniques.

At the end of the Big Hoot, each Owl will take centre stage at a charitable auction to raise funds for Child Cancer Foundation.

If you feel inspired to create a design for the Takapuna owl, visit to download the Artist Pack and Submission Form.

The deadline for submitting designs is 5pm, Monday 15 May 2017.


NOTE: Designs not selected for the Takapuna owl will have the opportunity to be selected by other local businesses and organisations who have sponsored owls

The project is presented by Child Cancer Foundation in partnership with the international creator of the event, Wild in Art. Wild in Art has worked on similar events all over the world and are renowned for high quality, high profile and exciting events. The events provide a unique and high-profile platform for the talents of artists and local creative communities to get their work noticed.