On Wednesday 1st July, we were honoured to be invited along to the Shaun in the City launch event at Aardman Animations HQ. The building was designed by Alec French Architects, who created our new Visitor Centre, so it felt a lot like home - but with some very exciting props on display:
We met co-founder of Aardman Animations, Peter Lord, who spoke about the 'Shaun in the City' project and how it would benefit the children staying at Bristol Children's Hospital. All of Bristol's Shaun sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for the Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity which supports sick children and babies from Bristol, the South West and beyond by providing life-saving equipment as well as facilities and comforts for patients and their families at Bristol Children's Hospital - whilst the Shauns displayed in London will raise money for children's hospitals and facilities elsewhere.
We have been priveliged to see some of the facilities that the hospital is able to offer as we have delivered educational workshops for some of the hospital's long-term residents in their special customised school room! We shall be setting up a donation point and selling official Shaun in the City biscuits at the Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, so please bring along some cash to support this amazing cause when you visit!
We were thrilled to discover that 69 of the 70 of the Shauns created for the trail were on display at Aardman that evening: 'Woolly Wonderland' (a very special sheep who will be on display ot St Nicholas' Market) was still being completed in Aardman's workshop space where the artists had been creating their designs and 'Shear Speed Helter Skelter' (who will be on display at the Mall Gardens in Clifton Village - and who is the only interactive sheep on the trail) was on display but still drying.
Our Shaun is 'Isambaard' by artist Tim Miness. He was installed at 6.30am the morning after the event and was the second sheep to be placed on the trail! He arrived in style on a forklift truck!
Here's the Trail Map - with it's cover star! We shall be distributing Trail Maps and Junior Nature Explorer Trails (which encourage children to explore plants and wildlife at selected Shaun locations) from Monday. Pop into our Visitor Centre and ask for one!
We don't want to spoil the fun of any Shaun-Seekers, so if you are planning on completing the trail - stop reading now!
Also on Thursday 2nd July, we hosted the Shaun in the City press launch as Shaun's creator Nick Park drove a tractor full of Shauns across the bridge!
Nick Park, Peter Lord and David Sproxton with Shrek Shaun (The Mall at Cribbs Causeway), King Arthur of Lambelot (College Green) and Flock n Roll (Victoria Rooms).
We don't want to give too much away, so just to give you a flavour of what to expect, here are some of our pictures from the event!
'Baa-wulf' by Peter Lord
And just for fun, our picks of the flock are:
- Isambaard (Clifton Suspension Bridge)
- King Arthur of Lambelot (College Green)
- Sparkles the Unicorn (Horfield Common)
- Air Fleece (Canon's Marsh Amphitheatre, Harbourside)
- The Pirate Captain (Outside MShed)
- Shaunus Romanus (Victoria Park)
- Shaun on the Cob (78 Broadway)
- Bagpuss Shaun (Cabot Circus)
- Great West Shaun (Temple Quay)
- Justice Lamb (Queen Square)
Although we could have made this list seven times as long, we had to choose some team favourites!