By order of the Peaky Blinders… families taking part in the hotly-anticipated The Big Sleuth trail will come under the watchful eye of the Shelby family if they visit the Mailbox this summer.
Peaky Blinder Bear, which has been endorsed by the TV crime drama’s creator, Steven Knight, will be taking up residence in the Mailbox as part of the city-wide sculpture trail.
The Big Sleuth, so named because sleuth is the collective noun for a group of bears, is the sequel to The Big Hoot, which attracted more than 800,000 visitors in 2015 and raised over £625,000 in total for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Drawing inspiration from Peaky Blinders, the epic BBC gangster-drama set in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham, Peaky Blinder Bear features real-life portraits of many of the cast’s iconic characters including Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the gang’s leader, and Tom Hardy as arch rival Alfie Solomons.
The design has been endorsed by Birmingham-born Steven Knight, the series’ creator and writer, who said: “I’m delighted to lend the support of Peaky Blinders to The Big Sleuth.
“It will be great to see the bear in the city centre this summer and hopefully raise much-needed funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the outstanding work they do.”
Working in partnership, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and creative producers Wild in Art will bring the sculptures to Birmingham for 10 weeks from July 10th, showcasing the extraordinary creativity of some of the most talented artists across the region.
At the end of the free public art trail, which is expected to attract thousands of local, regional and national visitors to the city, the bears will be auctioned with all proceeds once again going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Sponsored by the Mailbox in partnership with Retail BID, Peaky Blinder Bear has been lovingly hand-painted by Castle Galleries artist Jon Jones.
Glyn Washington of Castle Galleries, said: “It’s a great project for Castle Galleries to be involved with and such a super cause for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the artist Jon Jones has managed to capture the spirit of the infamous Peaky Blinders perfectly and we hope it’s a great hit.”
David Pardoe, Head of Retail and Brand at the Mailbox, said: “Having Peaky Blinder Bear here is a perfect fit for the Mailbox, alongside the home of BBC in the Midlands as well as our long standing art retailer Castle Galleries and we are very grateful for Steven Knight’s help on the project.”
Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to have the support of Steven Knight for The Big Sleuth. The trail will not only encourage the region’s residents and families to see our amazing city in a new light, inspiring us all to become tourists in our own town, but we’re hoping to once again raise over £500,000 the pioneering work we do here every day.”