What a hoot!

What a hoot!

Get ready Bath – for a bit of a hoot. One hundred individually-decorated, large and smaller Owl sculptures are going to be ‘perched’ in and around the streets of the city this summer for a colourful three-month public art event to celebrate Bath’s Roman heritage and raise funds for local charities.


Minerva’s Owls of Bath 2018 will be the latest public art sculpture trail from the team that brought the city the enormously popular King Bladud’s Pigs and then the Lions of Bath.


Some of the Pigs on display on the Crescent Lawn.

The birds will ‘fly’ into the city at the end of June and later will be auctioned for charity.


Bath Newseum went to the event launch at the Roman Baths and caught up with the organiser Megan Witty.



Businesses and organisations interested in sponsoring an Owl are asked to get in touch with the organisers as soon as possible as sculpture numbers are limited.

‘Early bird’ sponsorship offers are available until March 5th. Smaller Owlets are available exclusively for schools, charities and community groups.


SouthGate Bath Shopping Centre has already been signed up as a Headline Sponsor for the event. Other early Gold Sponsors include Bat BID, MHA Monahans, Allen Ford and the Bath Per Cent Club.

Local artists are being invited to submit design ideas as soon as possible and by March 1st for the chance of being selected as one of the official Owl artists by downloading an artist pack from the website.


Owl sponsors can either choose their own artist to decorate their scul[pture, select from the portfolio of submitted designs or work with registered Minerva’s Owls artists to create their own individual design.

Chosen artists receive 20% of the auction sale price of their Owl as payment for their work, plus a contribution towards the cost of materials.

For more information or to download Sponsorship, Artist or School packs, visit the Minerva’sOwls website at  www.minervasowls.org or contact the Owl team at info@minervasowls.org or follow @OwlsofBath on Twitter.



Pitching it differently.

Pitching it differently.

So what’s the gossip – this Friday, September 29th. Well for starters, l am hearing all those Christmas Market regulars who have grown accustomed to the same pitch each year have just had a bit of a shock.


Part of last year’s Christmas Market

They are being moved around bit. I think things got confused with work alongside the Abbey and the possibility of structural work in York Street. So its a slightly different street plan.

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Stalls around the Abbey this year.

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Stalls in Bath Street are extended and there seems to be a Zone 2 in Southgate Street.

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Here’s the whole planned layout.

Meanwhile with the Christmas Market in mind – the scaffolding company responsible for the work on the old Empire Hotel has been told the poles can’t come down until after the Christmas business is finished around the now luxury block of apartments.

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So the scaffolding stays into the New Year?

Seems there’s no room – with safety in mind – for the dismantling teams and their lorries.

A few years ago much money was raised  by auctioning the Bladud’s pigs that were dotted around the city. One was in place outside Bath Abbey until quite recently.


One of those pigs that raised so much for charity.

I am hearing there is a possibility of another set of colourful street creatures. This time owls.

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Bath’s springs were dedicated to the Celtic goddess Sulis which the Romans identified with their own goddess Minerva. Her greek counterpart is Athena who was often depicted with an owl – symbol of wisdom.

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The pediment of the temple to Sulis Minerva with its Gorgon head – also contains the head of a tiny owl. It’s in the bottom right hand corner of the piece of stone with the Gorgon’s head.. The rest is missing but it was almost certainly perched on top of another helmet.