The Big Hoot landed in Onehunga


The Haier Big Hoot was a public art trail around Auckland from 3 March – 6 May 2018. 47 owls uniquely decorated by kiwi artists were dotted around the city to form a trail for keen birdwatchers to track.

Onehunga was a proud participant in the Big Hoot with two owls and two owlets in our neighbourhood. We held a competition to win a brand new eBike sponsored by Onehunga Business Association and Dress-Smart. This draw was made on 8 May and the winner was Alec Tang of Onehunga. He collected his bike on 11 May.

This event was a fundraiser for the Child Cancer Foundation and, despite our fundraising efforts, Onehunga was unable to purchase our owl to remain in the town centre.

Artist profiles: 

Rachel Silver is a Wellington-born and based visual artist/designer, specialising in community mosaics. She creates unique and vibrant site-specific art including murals, pathways, seating and sculptural features. Her passion for learning and zest for creative collaborations has resulted in extensive travels to all corners of the globe. Rachel is committed to building partnerships with local communities on educational and social projects with a focus on urban art combining traditional and urban mosaic techniques.

Tiger Willis is an artist from West Auckland with a love for bright colours and bold designs. She finds inspiration in the beauty, growth and decay of nature, and her long-time favourite artists Frida Kahlo and Alphonse Mucha. With a degree in sociology and psychology, Tiger has an interest in people and society, which translates into portraits filled with emotion and a precarious balance between power and powerlessness. Working most often with paint and pencil, Tiger’s work also extends to woodcut prints, mosaics, and sculpture.

School holiday colouring-in competition

We held a colouring-in competition over the April school holidays. Here are the winning creations:

Dress-Smart Onehunga also sponsored two owlets that were decorated by Onehunga Primary School. They now thrive in their nest where they will learn to grow and prosper.

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