Friday, 27 February 2015

Are Ewe Ready For Shaun In The City Art Trail ?

I have fond memories of wandering around New York City back in the year 2000 looking for cow statues in unlikely places for Cow Parade and, more recently, tracking down the cute bears on the Paddington Trail  on our weekend in London, so I was very happy to learn that a new Shaun In The City Art Trail will be launched next month that will fill the streets of London and Bristol with a flock of five-foot tall sculptures of Shaun the Sheep. Read on for more info - I really hope we'll manage to see at least a few if we make it to London over the summer.


British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes is announced as the first artist who has designed a Shaun The Sheep for the London trail. The 74-year-old who's famous for her iconic designs and vibrant pink hair has designed a shocking pink sheep she has named 'Woolly Wiggle' which features a distinctive gold Zandra Rhodes 'wiggle' pattern

Many other high-profile artists, designers and celebrities have designed and decorated the sculptures which will stand at iconic London landmarks, attractions and locations throughout the capital from next month including Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, St Paul's Cathedral, Chinatown, The View from the Shard and The Tower of London.

The charity behind the project, Wallace & Gromit Children's Foundation organised the 'Gromit Unleashed' trail featuring the classic Aardman Animations character around Bristol in 2013 which raised over £2.3 million for Bristol Children's Hospital. The two 'Shaun In The City' art trails during 2015 will see 50 Shaun the Sheep in London from 28th March to 25th May and 70 different sculptures from 6th July to 31st August.

Zandra Rhodes, who recently became a Dame and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1964, said: “I felt that my design had to be iconic and I'm a designer known for my patterns which are very wiggly so 'Woolly Wiggle' came about by putting lovely wiggles all over the whole sheep so it looks like his wiggly fur, and then there's an amazing top knot on his head which is a different type of wiggle.”

'Woolly Wiggle' can be found at One New Change, London's premier shopping and dining destination near St Pauls. One New Change will also be home to a second fantastic Shaun creation, designed by another famous fashion face to be revealed soon.

Companies throughout the UK have sponsored the individual sculptures and following both trails, all 120 'Shauns' will be sold off at a public auction in October. The money raised will go towards the Wallace & Gromit Children's Foundation, which supports sick children in hospitals throughout the UK.

Rhodes added: “I can't wait to see my Shaun out in the wild in London, I think it's going to be absolutely fabulous and now I've seen how big he is, no one is going to miss him! I am also very excited to see how much money my sculpture raises at auction for the Wallace & Gromit Children's Foundation.”

Director of Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation Nicola Masters said: “After an incredibly successful trail of 'Gromit' sculptures across Bristol in 2013 which raised £2.3 million for the charity at auction, we wanted to bring our next project to London and Bristol. More than 1.2 million people visited the Gromit trail which contributed over £123 million to the local economy, we are now looking forward to bringing Shaun to the big city.”

Creator of Shaun The Sheep Nick Park CBE said: “It's been a busy year for Shaun - he has just launched his first movie and now he has his very own arts trail! Shaun is such a well-loved character with so many fans around the globe, I am sure many will flock to London to be part of the fun.”

'Shaun In The City' featuring 50 sculptures will take place around London from Saturday 28th March to Monday 25th May. The Bristol 'Shaun in the City' trail will feature 70 different sculptures and run from Monday 6th July to Monday 31st August. Full details of artists, celebrities and Shaun locations will be in the week of launch.

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