As part of Our Planet Season, we are creating an exciting new piece of public art in the form of a model Dragonfly Trail
around Cheney School’s site and for local primary schools in a project where pupils will be able to work on designs for the dragonflies.
Eight large (five foot long and five foot wing span) dragonfly models are being installed on the Cheney School site in February. These dragonfly models will each have their theme designed by Cheney students to represent different areas of learning and and they will be permanent so that students, staff, and the wider community can explore them for years to come. They will be striking, colourful and educational works of art which will inspire the very diverse community of East Oxford and beyond.
We are also giving six smaller ones for local primary schools to theme and bring for the day of the festival to be included in the trail on the day. East Oxford Primary, Bayards Hill, St Mary & St John, St Andrew’s, St Ebbe’s and Windmill are all involved.
The smaller models have now arrived and will be delivered to the schools this week to get started on! We will post progress on these dragonflies as the project gets underway.
Each dragonfly will have display boards to note the artist, the meaning behind the design, the sponsor, and QR links to museum pages exploring dragonflies from a natural history, artistic and literary perspective.
We are looking for businesses and organisations who might like to sponsor a dragonfly by providing some of the costs towards the model. This sponsorship would be stated on a sign next to the dragonfly as well as on our website, and on the trail maps and brochures we produce. You can choose which themed dragonfly you would like to sponsor if you would like to do so.
If you would be interested in supporting this initiative at such an exciting juncture in the museum’s development, we would be delighted to hear from you!