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Birmingham says goodbye to the Big Sleuth Bears

100 bear sculptures were installed around Birmingham. Credit: Daniel Graves photography

It is the final chance to see the Big Sleuth Bears in Birmingham before the statues are auctioned off for charity.

A total of 100 bear sculptures were installed around the city in July as part of a public art trail.

They statues were spread across 70 miles, with 50,000 children involved in the learning programme.

The Big Sleuth Art Trail came to an end on 17 September, but the bears will come to together for a Farewell Weekend

The bears will stand together at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park, next to Millennium Point, from Friday 6 October to Sunday 8 October

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  • ITV News Central's interactive map tracking The Big Sleuth Project

The project is a collaboration by Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and producers Wild in Art.

The bears will be being auctioned off on Thursday 12 October to raise money for the hospital's charity.

We can’t bear-lieve that after months of sleuthing fun, our bears are going to be prowling off our streets and The Big Sleuth is coming to an end!

We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the response our bears have had over the past few months and how much joy they’ve brought to tourists and residents alike.

– Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity
The public art trail came to an end in September. Credit: ITV News Central

The project is based around the same idea as 2015's Big Hoot, where owl sculptures were put up around the city.

The Big Hoot auction raised over £500,000 - but the Big Sleuth organisers are hoping to exceed that amount.