As part of its involvement in Worcester Stands Tall – a 10 week public art trail organised by St Richard’s Hospice which was launched in the city on Monday 9 July -The Hopmarket, which is funding an 8ft tall giraffe with co-sponsors Fortis Living and Fisher German, will welcome its very own giraffe artist into the shopping area.
Gayani Ariyaratne – who hails from Sri Lanka – was chosen as the artist for ‘An Outstanding Source’, a beautifully pained giraffe which is situated along the Bromwich Parade in Diglis.
Inspired by the city’s famous condiment, Worcestershire Sauce, Gayani’s design was motivated by her love of nature. She explained : “My work is inspired by nature. I am a keen gardener and small grower of British cut flowers. Most of my paintings are nature related and educational – for example, I paint lot of plant materials related to spices and herbs creating an awareness of healthy living through my other day job as a chef. Since I was little, I was curious of where ingredients come from and how they grow”
Gayani – who now lives in Birmingham – is not only an accomplished artist but a personal chef and cookery demonstrator; she will be cooking up some of her most famous dishes – including green jackfruit curry, lentil and banana blossoms curry, cabbage stir fry, spring greens mallum, potato baddum and okra stir fry and polsambol – at a special pop up kitchen in The Hopmarket on Saturday 28 July. All will be available for sale.
The event is part of a whole host of free summer activities taking place in The Hopmarket, delivered by Spare Room Arts. Beginning on Wednesday 25 July – and taking place every Wednesday until the end of August – activities will have an African theme to complement the city’s giraffe initiative including a community painting activity of two giant giraffe wall murals.
Gayani concluded :
“I feel so privileged to take part in Worcester Stands Tall; decorating the giraffe has just been an amazing experience!”
Bill Simpson, Trustee at The Hopmarket Charity said :
“We are so looking forward to welcoming Gayani to The Hopmarket. She really will be our guest of honour! Her fantastic giraffe design is just wonderful and if her cooking is just as good, we are all in for a treat at her pop up kitchen!”
Gayani is no stranger to similar Wild in Art projects; she recently painted a sun bear for The Big Sleuth in Birmingham.
To find out more about Gayani’s work, find her on Facebook at @gayaniskitchenHQ, on Twitter at @gayanigoldust and on Instagram at @ethicalfloralhq_ or @gayanigoldust