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. In the summer of 2017, Bear-mingham brought both definitions together in The Big Sleuth – a wonderful public art trail that spanned the city and surrounding districts for 10 bear-illiant weeks.
Our bear-itiful sun-bear sculptures captured the imagination of young and old alike, each telling their own story. From raising awareness of the plight of the sun bear, to celebrating Birmingham’s industrial heritage our bears brought colour, creativity and fun to the city’s streets and showcased the talents of some incredible artists.
The trail ended on 17 September, and on 12 October our bears went under the hammer to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. The Big Sleuth Auction raised more than £250,000 to support the innovative and life-saving work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Thank you to everyone who visited the Big Sleuth trail. We hope that you will always remember the summer that the bears came to Brum.
You can still enjoy your own keepsake from the event. The Big Sleuth Souvenir Guide and our grrr-eat Big Sleuth merchandise are available from The Big Sleuth Shop