Giant Cuckoo to spark creativity in Kirklees

By Rebecca Corbett  

Donations of old clothing and fabrics are encouraged and welcomed as local residents are invited to contribute to the installation of a 20-metre square giant cuckoo. 

This exciting invitation comes from the ‘Our Biennale’ festival who, are responding to the worldwide withNature2020 project, led by Emma K Thomas who thought up the idea of creating images of endangered animals and plants in response to the extinction crisis.

Countries involved with this project will each be selecting an animal or plant facing extinction in local areas. In the case of Kirklees, young artists from The Children’s Art School in Holmfirth will create the image of the endangered cuckoo to be displayed in Stirley Community Farm. The design for the Kirklees Cuckoo comes from the talented minds of Frances Short, aged 13 and Tia Harley, aged 14. 

On Saturday 22nd May, the giant images will be photographed from high above in the sky piecing together an environmental jigsaw of pictures spanning across the world, from Taiwan to Brazil, the USA to New Zealand. 

Director of Our Biennale, Chloe Williams, said “This project offers children and young people a really positive way to engage with the climate and ecological emergency and add their voices to the call for change through creativity.” 

As well as clothing, children and young people are also encouraged to send in drawings of one of the shortlisted at-risk birds in the local area. These are: cuckoo, twite, ring ouzel, curlew and yellowhammer.  These drawings will be showcased in the Maker World exhibit at the Piazza Shopping Centre in Huddersfield from 22nd – 30th May. 

This project presents itself to young people in Kirklees as a way to creatively contribute to what is literally a bigger picture.  

Anyone interested in taking part in this project is welcome to attend an information evening over Zoom. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th April from 4pm. To register for this meeting visit:

Further information regarding the cuckoo project is available at:

Further information regarding withNature2020 is available at:

Drawings and queries about donating clothes can be sent to:

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