Light House wolf is wild

A 14-feet high sculpture of a howling wolf is catching attention at Wolverhampton’s Light House.

The giant artwork has been created to mark Refugee Week with sculptor Ash working with a team of artists from Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Jamaica and America. Wolverhampton University alumni and current students also helped.

The ‘Wolf Project’ was pitched to CEO of the Light House, Kelly Jeffs, in May by the sculptor known as ‘Ash’, and exhibition organiser Kate Penman.

The wolf can be seen in the upstairs gallery space and has been made out of cardboard, papier mache and paint.

Ash worked with a team of artists from Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Jamaica and America, alongside Wolverhampton University alumni and current students.

Artist Steve ‘Graffoflarge’ Edwards spray painted the sculpture in the Wolves colours and stencilled words of ‘unity and hope’ around the wolf. It is part of an exhibition titled ‘you, me and those who came before’ which runs at the Light House until next Friday.

It shows work from local schools and community groups alongside Wolverhampton artists as part of Refugee Week this week.

Ash, a former product designer, originally from Iran, used 100-metres of cardboard to build the wolf. He said: “I believe that every project should be designed from the soul and communicated with the heart. The Wolf Project came alive through a collaboration of different people with different gifts, all working together.

“It was great to work with local artist Steve ‘Graffoflarge’ Edwards, who spray painted the wolf and stencilled some positive words on the wolf. And I appreciate all those people from different countries who took part in this project and engaged their hearts, emotions and their souls.

“I’d like to thank ACH for their ongoing help and support for the Wolf Project. I hope we can create more striking artworks for Wolverhampton in future.”

Housing association ACH Wolverhampton helped to fund a number of the artworks.

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