Colourful wolf sculptures - including one designed by talented Highfields students - that had formed part of Wolverhampton’s biggest art event are to be auctioned off to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
The 5ft sculptures had been on display across the city as part of the Wolves in Wolves project but they have now been packed away and are being spruced up ready to go under the hammer on Thursday, November 2nd.
Proceeds raised from the auction will be shared between Outside Centre and the chosen charities of the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu.
Students from Highfields worked on the design of their sculpture, called ‘Zeus’, with representatives from WV Active. It includes blue swirls to represent the city’s swimming pools and silhouettes to showcase the many activities on offer at its leisure centres, as well as the colours of the Highfields logo.
It will be auctioned off with dozens of other wolf sculptures during the auction, which will take place from 7pm at Molineux’s Jack Hayward Suite. It is being hosted by Will Farmer, Director of Fielding Auctioneers Ltd and well known presenter of BBC's Antiques Roadshow.
Tickets cost £5.50 and anyone wishing to attend can register online via The Ticket Factory.
Each wolf has a reserve price of £3,000. Dozens of ‘mini wolves’ from Wolverhampton Art Gallery will also go under the hammer at the event, each with a reserve price of £200.
A selection of wolf sculptures have been retained by their sponsors for use in projects with young people whilst a handful are set to remain on display in the city centre, including ‘Hunter’ outside the University School of Art, ‘Old Gold’ in the Wolves Museum, ‘Thomas’ at Marston's House, ‘Support Life’ at the University of Wolverhampton, ‘Mander’ at Mander House, ‘Beanstalk’ at the Grand Theatre, and roaming wolf ‘Claude’.
(Photographs courtesy of WolvesinWolves.co.uk)