‘‘UooUoos’’ find homes in Docklands

‘‘UooUoos’’ find homes in Docklands

By Jess Carrascalao Heard

Docklands became home to several “UooUoo” sculptures in January, as part of an art trail celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

The opening of “Me and UooUoo: RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail” saw 100 of the colourful UooUoos (pronounced “you-you”) dotted around Melbourne and Geelong for the community to enjoy.

One of the sculptures, Baa-ni-ip (Bunyip), located at Victoria Harbour Promenade and designed by proud Wadawurrung woman Deanne Gilson, was sponsored by Development Victoria (DV).

“Docklands is known for its clever and creative art installations and this art trail provides a perfect synergy with what is already on show in the precinct,” Geoff Ward, Group Head Precincts at Development Victoria said.

The government body said it recognised the opportunity to entice the community to explore the area, while also supporting a good cause.

“We are proud to support the Royal Children’s Hospital and the art trail, and we encourage people to explore the art in Docklands while experiencing the waterfront and the rest of the precinct,” Mr Ward said.

The UooUoos were created by Melbourne artist Alexander Knox, who was also behind the Creature sculpture in the foyer of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Loosely based on both the wombat and the dugong, each individual UooUoo has been designed by an artist.

Each sculpture carries a unique a four-digit code, which locals can enter into the “Me and UooUoo 2021” app to unlock rewards from sponsors.

The app has other interactive features, including games, a map to help UooUoo-seekers follow the trail and find the sculptures, and a gallery where the public can upload their own photos of the UooUoos.

Mr Ward said, “I encourage everyone to head out to find the sculptures and participate in this great cause.”

The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail will run until March 21.

After the end of the trail, each UooUoo will be auctioned to help raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital •

Baa-ni-ip, one of the UooUoos which has found a home in Docklands as a part of the art trail.

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