This summer, Curo’s delighted to welcome Mulberry Park’s newest resident to the neighbourhood. Mowlberry Beak is coming to roost outside the marketing suite on Bradford Road as part of a city-wide sculpture trail.
Curo is proud to sponsor the Minerva’s Owls of Bath sculpture trail, which takes inspiration from the Roman Goddess Minerva, whose animal symbol was the owl of wisdom. The trail features over 80 individually designed owls displayed across Bath and the surrounding area from June to September 2018.
Mowlberry Beak is painted by local artist and children’s illustrator Beccy Blake. Beccy drew on the local area for her beautiful design which features a mulberry tree packed with details of life in Combe Down, Foxhill and Bath. Local historical figures, Harry Patch and Ralph Allen gaze out from Mowlberry’s eyes, while details from Combe Down’s stone mining past and its links with the military can be found among his feathers.
Beccy Blake said: “I was so excited and felt honoured to be chosen as an owl artist, it’s been great fun both researching all the lovely memories and historical facts from local Combe Down people to pencilling it out and finally painting it. I hope everyone enjoys Mowlberry Beak when on their Owl tour.”
Curo has also donated an owlet to Combe Down Primary school. Patch has been decorated by the school’s pupils in a beautiful patchwork design, inspired by Combe Down’s famous son Harry Patch, the last fighting Tommy. Patch will go on display on The Avenue in Combe Down village.
Curo’s sales manager, Susan Harrison said: “We’re delighted to be involved with this year’s Owls of Bath trail. It’s a fantastic way for people to explore our beautiful city and celebrate local communities like Combe Down. We look forward to welcoming Mowlberry Beak and lots of owl spotters to Mulberry Park during the summer.”
Owl spotters can pick up trail maps from the Bath Visitor Information Centre, Bath Aqua Glass by Bath Abbey and Waterstones in Milsom Street; or they can download the mobile app from the App store or at go.blispa.com/owls.
Curo has its roots planted in the local community, as a housing association and house-builder with 13,000 homes in the West of England. Its award-winning development at Mulberry Park has drawn inspiration from the local area, from the planting of over 6,000 native trees and shrubs to streets named after local residents who served in WWI. For more information about homes at Mulberry Park, call 0345 140 5050 or visit www.curo-sales.co.uk/mulberrypark.
Photo credit: Bath Chronicle and Paul Gillis