Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail

Term: 2 Year: 2021
Me and UooUoo Artwork
Me and UooUoo Artwork
Me and UooUoo Artwork
Me and UooUoo Artwork

To mark the 150th anniversary of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne, the RCH Foundation has spread colour and creativity throughout the streets of Melbourne and Geelong with a spectacular public art trail.

Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail combines Victoria’s renowned passion for the arts and culture with a dash of outdoor adventure, encouraging communities to reconnect with their cities, and be active by visiting 100 unique art sculptures.

The UooUoo (pronounced you-you) has been created by renowned Victorian artist Alexander Knox and is an imaginary Australian creature loosely inspired by the wombat and dugong. Each UooUoo sculpture has been individually designed by an Australian artist and sponsored by a Victorian business, finding a home in laneways, streets, parks and public spaces across Melbourne and Geelong.

The art trail combines a cross-section of creatives including First Nation artists, street artists, sculptors, painters and up-and-coming talent who completed their designs in warehouses, backyards and creative studios across the nation last year. The RCH Foundation is proud to showcase such talent and encourage communities around the state to experience a sense of adventure, help local businesses, and ensure sick kids at the hospital continue to receive world-leading care after such a challenging year.

Participating artists have used a variety of techniques and mediums to bring their designs to life, from the multi-medium manifesto of textiles, painting, collage and photography as showcased for Christy Chudosnik’s Crystalline.Opal.Dream to traditional Indigenous Australian painting techniques of dot and rarrk by Leslie Stanley, who designed Alick. We encourage you to explore the trail and read more about the unique design techniques online.

You can bring the art trail into your own classroom by downloading our free colouring in sheets where students can design their very own UooUoo here. They can also learn more about some of the inspiration behind the UooUoo designs by watching videos from participating artists.

With the support of over 60 sponsors including Multiplex, Equity Trustees, Maxwell & Williams and Salta Properties, the art trail also comes to life through the Me and UooUoo 2021 app whereby adventurers can enter a unique code at each UooUoo to unlock rewards and learn more about the artist and the inspiration behind their UooUoo.
The art trail can be discovered until 21 March, after which each of these unique sculptures will go under the hammer to raise funds for the RCH. You can also pre-purchase a UooUoo prior to the auction. Visit uoouoo.org.au to find out more.

Lily Grover
Communications Coordinator
Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation