The eagerly-awaited ‘Shaun in the City’ charity arts trail hits the streets of Bristol this summer, and this morning the locations of the first five sculpture designs were exclusively revealed.
From Monday 6 July, 70 giant sculptures of Aardman’s character Shaun the Sheep will be popping up at locations all over the city, including Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Downs, M Shed and St Mary Redcliffe.
The first five designs will be on display at the following locations:
- ‘Alright me Babber?’ by Susan Taylor: Temple Meads Station, sponsored by law firm Burges Salmon LLP
- ‘Bristol Beauty’ by Cassie Debry: Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, sponsored by CJ Hole
- ‘Isambaaard’ by Tim Miness: Clifton Suspension Bridge visitor information centre, sponsored by Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust
- ‘Jarsberry Ram’ by Simon Tozer: The Pump House, Merchants Road, sponsored by The Pump House
- ‘Primrose’ by Henning Lohlein: St Werburghs City Farm, sponsored by Triodos Bank
Further sculptures on the trail will be found at Snuff Mills, Brandon Hill Nature Reserve, Ashton Court, Horfield Common, Broadwalk Shopping Centre and Gloucester Road, but Shaun-hunters will have to wait until the start of the trail for the rest of the designs to be revealed.
The whole flock will be on display until Monday 31 August, before being auctioned later this year to raise money for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. The trail follows the overwhelming success of the ‘Shaun in the City’ London trail which launched in the capital earlier this year, and was recently extended for another week due to overwhelming popular demand.
The Grand Appeal organised the phenomenally successful ‘Gromit Unleashed’ trail in Bristol in 2013. The 80 sculptures of Wallace’s canine sidekick were visited by more than 1.2million people, and raised over £2.3 million for the charity at auction.
Three of the five designs revealed have a strong Bristol theme, and two of the sculpture artists were on hand to explain how the city inspired their designs.
Designer Susan Taylor’s sculpture is called ‘Alright me Babber?’ and is decorated with a montage of the city’s iconic landmarks, as well as a selection of distinctively ‘Bristolian’ phrases!
Susan Taylor said, “My Shaun design encompasses the typography, colour scheme and illustrative style that are representative of my work, and results from my love of Bristol’s architecture. I have pared down recognisable icons of the city into simple lines and graphic blocks of colour. Alongside these icons I depict the real essence of Bristol: the fun, creative, human element of the city, with speech bubbles, climbers, cyclists and Banksy.”
‘Alright me Babber?’ will be welcoming visitors outside Temple Meads Station, and is sponsored by Burges Salmon LLP.
Cassie Debry is a freelance graphic designer. Her design, ‘Bristol Beauty’, sees Shaun covered in the names of the city’s suburbs.
Cassie Debry said, “When I designed my Shaun I had only recently moved to Bristol. I was, and still am, amazed at how many different places there are to explore here. Each one has its own personality and own contribution to the city, and I wanted to create a design that brought together all the little parts of Bristol that make it such a great whole.”
‘Bristol Beauty’ will be on Canford Lane in Westbury-on-Trym and is sponsored by CJ Hole.
Nicola Masters, director of The Grand Appeal, said, “We are all very excited to unveil these designs for our ‘Shaun in the City’ Bristol trail. The London trail has been so popular that we have extended it for a further week, and we now can’t wait for the new flock to arrive in Bristol!
“’Gromit Unleashed’ was an incredible success that completely surpassed all of our expectations, and that success was all down to the people of Bristol. We are so grateful for the huge deal of love and support Bristol showed for Gromit, and for The Grand Appeal, and hope that people take our Shaun sculptures to heart in just the same way.
“With Shaun’s national and international appeal, ‘Shaun in the City’ is sure to put Bristol in the spotlight this summer, and we can’t wait for the flock to arrive! The trail will showcase our beautiful city and the talent of our local artists, all while raising vital funds to support Bristol Children’s Hospital.”
Visitors will be able to track down all 70 ‘Shaun in the City’ sculptures by picking up a free trail map from points all over the city, available once the trail starts, and by downloading the official Shaun in the City: Sheep Spotter app, available now on iOS and Android.
The 120 Bristol and London sculptures will go on display in the Great Sheep Round Up Exhibition in Bristol this autumn, before the whole flock goes to auction. Proceeds from the sale of the 70 Bristol sculptures will support The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.
For more information, visit www.shauninthecity.org.uk