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Cirencester March Hare Festival begins 29th March!

PUBLISHED: 14:18 05 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:18 05 March 2014

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This months March front cover of Cotswold Life magazine features one of the Hares that is part of the Cirencester Hare Festival. The Hare decorated by Erica Bibbings, has been sponsored by BPE Solicitors.

Local companies and organizations have been invited to sponsor a blank hare sculpture and have it decorated by a local artist.. The front cover hare sponsored by BPE will be at the Corinium Museum as March sees Cirencester invaded by fantasy hares in unexpected places – hares in parks, hares on parapets, hares on pavements, hares in shops cafes and restaurants – all paying homage to their special link with Cirencester, including the discovery of our spectacular Roman hare mosaic, now in the Corinium Museum.

Sponsors have the chance to promote their business, boost Cirencester’s visitor footfall and with it the Cirencester economy. “BPE is proud to support such an exciting project for Cirencester. With a presence in the heart of the town, we are looking forward to the festival and the benefits it will bring the town.

At least 25 larger than life (5ft tall) decorated hares will grace the Town and its environs, some outside sponsors’ premises, some in public spaces. Hare-spotting will become the new spectator sport for residents and visitors alike. In addition there will be up to 50 smaller (life-sized) versions, which will be suitable for display in shop windows, cafés and restaurants.

Each sponsor will team up with an artist to transform the blank ’3D canvas’ of a hare sculpture, made of glass-reinforced plastic, into a work of art. The name of the sponsor and their artist will appear on a plaque, which will be located on the sculpture’s base. An art trail map naming all the sponsors and artists will be produced.

At the end of the display period in September 2014, the hares will be sold via a grand auction, to end their days as joyful pieces of art in offices, homes and gardens; and some, it is hoped, will survive in public spaces. Artists will receive 25% of the price achieved with a guaranteed minimum of £200. Net proceeds from the auction and from associated merchandising will go to support ‘Green Hare projects around Cirencester that benefit both children and the local environment’ in partnership with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

For more information visit www.cirencesterharefestival.org.uk

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