Urban Safari // Ally Standing

Sat 29th Sept 1pm

Meet: Outside the former Eagle Insurance building,124 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 3SD

Since the arrival of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, it seems everyone is hunting strange creatures. In the city centre this activity is, currently, especially prevalent - St. Philip’s Square is a particularly popular location for Pokémon hunters in Birmingham. Pokémon are not, however, the only kind of magical creature to in- habit this particular area.

Late Victorian architecture, of which we have some stunning city- centre examples, is notorious for its animal ornamentation. Bring your binoculars and join Ally Standing on a safari of Colmore Business District and other city centre locations, and discover the lions of New Street, the seahorses of Victoria Square, the headless cranes of Colmore Row, and many other bizarre and wondrous creatures which inhabit the streets around us.

For this event, children accompanied by an adult go free!


About Ally:

Ally Standing is a Birmingham based artist with a psychogeographic, interdisciplinary, and often collaborative practice. Her work explores ideas surrounding the built environment - post-war architectural history and public art being two particular areas of interest. She is a lecturer in Contextual Studies at BCU


  • Comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate clothing essential.

  • Binoculars, note book and pith helmet but would be useful on the walk.

  • Urban Safari first ran during the seventh Still Walking Festival in 2016.