This bright, shiny owl, which perches high up in the roof-top of Trinity Leeds, was designed and made by Leeds-based artist, Antonia Stowe. It was modelled in wax and cast in bronze. The owl weighs a mighty 72 kg and is gilded with gold and palladium. The palladium echoes the silver colour of the owls in the coat-of-arms of Sir John Savile who was elected the first Alderman of the Borough of Leeds in 1626. Leeds was incorporated in the Borough of the County of York in a charter issued by Charles I in that year. The gold symbolises the richness of the city’s heritage and future. Antonia Stowe also played an important role as the Arts Facilitator for Trinity Leeds. She and her development team worked with, and supported, the artists and sculptors involved from the initial procurement process through to manufacture and installation of each piece.
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