From the ‘pigs and lions’ team

The high profile, interactive sculpture trail will celebrate the Roman heritage of Bath and mark the 10th anniversary of the highly successful and fondly-remembered King Bladud’s Pigs sculpture trail, created in 2008 by Gitte Dawson. All profits from the event will be donated to local charities.


The Roman Baths temple, built in 1AD, was dedicated to the Roman goddess of wisdom, whose animal symbol was an owl.  A stone owl can be seen carved into the Temple pediment displayed at the Roman Baths Museum.


There are still some owl sculptures available for sponsorship.  Be part of this exciting, city-wide sculpture trail to increase footfall across Bath, boost trade for local businesses and bring a smile to the faces of Owl fans of all ages.   If you would like to find out more, swoop over to the Sponsors page.

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We were delighted to be joined at our launch by the BBC’s aptly named reporter and presenter, Ali Vowles. Her main TV report was broadcast on BBC Points West in the evening, where she signed off in style as ‘Owly Vowles at the Roman Baths for BBC Points West’!

A great promotional opportunity

The Minerva’s Owls 2018 sculpture trail will be an exciting promotional opportunity for Bath, its businesses, artists and local attractions.

The free, inclusive public art sculpture trail will attract thousands of visitors to Bath, bring colour and fun to the city's streets and raise much needed funds for local charities.

The beautifully decorated, super-sized owls and smaller ‘owlets’ for schools will start taking up their perches across the World Heritage city and surrounding area from 25th June, where they will nest for nearly three months until they fly off for pre-auction preening from 10th September 2018.

Getting creative

The owls will be decorated by talented artists, designers and celebrities from across the region and by local schoolchildren.

After nearly 3 months public display, the owls will fly off to be preened in preparation for the ‘Owls Hoot Farewell’ weekend, when all of the Owls and Owlets will be gathered together in one giant ‘parliament’ for owls fans to say their final farewells.

The large owl sculptures will then be auctioned, with all event profits donated to local charities, including the new RUH Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers, the Roman Baths Archway Project, and the UK Little Owl Project. The Owlets will return to their schools and charities for keeping as a lasting legacy of the project.

A great hoot for for Summer 2018

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