Article from City Council Press Office on 9th July

Fabella gives colourful welcome to rail passengers

Rail commuters and visitors to Worcester did a double-take this morning as they were greeted outside Foregate Street station by Fabella the giraffe, in her full pink, orange and red glory.

Fabella is one of 30 giraffes newly created for the Worcester Stands Tall public art trail (July 9 – September 16), which launched today. Sponsored by the City Council, she has been painted by local artist Jilly Oxlade-Arnott.

“I’ve painted Fabella with my favourite colours: orange, pink and red – and the circular effect across the whole giraffe is a homage to one of my favourite artists, Vincent Van Gogh,” says Jilly.

Fabella’s front and side are emblazoned with short poems written by Jilly, inspired by Worcester’s history. The black pear, a key feature of the city’s crest, appears prominently on Fabella’s front.

“Now that she’s in place, I think Fabella adds a huge splash of colour to Foregate Street station. It’s been great to see the reaction of people and to watch them stopping to read the poems on her sides,” she adds.

Cllr Marc Bayliss, Leader of Worcester City Council and Deputy Leader Cllr Adrian Gregson were thrilled to see Fabella in place for the first time today.

“Public art makes an important contribution to Worcester by adding vibrancy and excitement to the city, so we are delighted to support this trail,” said Cllr Marc Bayliss.

“I hope it will provide an impetus for people to explore new places in Worcester which they haven’t visited before.”

Cllr Adrian Gregson said: “Arts and culture have a long history in the city – and we are keen to champion and encourage them to grow even more in the future.”

You can see more of Jilly Oxlade Arnott’s work at a Pop-up Art Gallery to be held in 16 The Hopmarket, Foregate Street on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm. She will also be displaying water colour paintings alongside artists Shilpi Sharma, Chris Haywood and Mark Zytynski.

For more information about Jilly’s art go to http://www.archiimp.com

Article courtesy of: Claire Neville, Communications Officer, Worcester City Council, Tel: 01905 722363, Email: Claire.neville@worcester.gov.uk

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