Over the past few months (January to April 2021), the streets of Melbourne and Geelong have been dotted with 100 mythical Australian creatures, the UooUoo (pronounced ‘you you’), to mark the 150th Anniversary of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne.
The ‘Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail’ combines Victoria’s renowned passion for the arts and culture and encourages communities to reconnect with the outdoors and have a sense of adventure by visiting all one hundred unique art sculptures.
These beautiful art sculptures were individually designed by Australian and Indigenous artists and placed in laneways, streets, parks, and public spaces, forming walking trails throughout Melbourne and Geelong.
After four months of exploration by Victorian communities, the UooUoos went under the hammer for a fundraising auction with all proceeds going towards sick children at The Royal Children’s Hospital.
We are excited to announce Explorers Early Learning was the successful bidder on one of these unique art sculptures, Lucky Lotus UooUoo, who has found a new home in one of our Explorers’ Centres. A worthy cause and a very fitting addition to the Explorers landscape, where our Little Explorers and their families can get up close with this beautiful art sculpture.
What is an UooUoo (pronounced ‘you you’) and who is Lucky Lotus?
“Created by renowned Victorian artist Alexander Knox, UooUoo is an imaginary Australian creature, and its shape is loosely drawn from the wombat and dugong. UooUoo has chameleon abilities and can change its skin colour and patterns in an instant. A mysterious being, when adults are near, UooUoo can be shy and hide. However, UooUoo has a courageous and playful personality around children who it loves to help and comfort.”
Lucky Lotus was designed by Melbourne based artist Olivia Collins:
“Inspired by the sacred Lotus Flower, one of the most ancient and beautifully triumphant symbols on our planet. Lucky Lotus is a gift of hope, positivity, and strength to the children and families at the RCH. With colour, creativity, and joie de vivre, this UooUoo seeks to promote health, happiness, and well-being wherever she goes.”