Art trails have proven hugely successful in recent years with elephants, phone boxes, Paddington Bears, Olympic Wenlocks and book benches among the customised sculptures popping up on London’s streets. Now just in time for the Easter holidays (a fun and free way to keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours), the Shaun In The City trails have landed in the capital.
Fifty 5ft tall sculptures of Wallace & Gromit’s pal Shaun The Sheep will be dotted around on four different trails around London from 28 March until 31 May. Given it’s the Chinese Year Of The Sheep and the recent release of the Shaun The Sheep movie, the timing couldn’t be more apt. Each Shaun sculpture has been designed and decorated by high-profile artists, celebrities and designers, including David Gandy, Cath Kidston, Roksanda Ilinic and Zandra Rhodes.
The trails have been split into four sections – Shaun’s Trail, Timmy’s Trail, Shirley’s Trail and Bitzer’s Trail, averaging between 3 to 5 kilometres each. There’s also a few Lost Sheep who have strayed west towards Paddington and east towards Canary Wharf.
- Shaun’s Trail
Takes 35 minutes and spans 3km. Visits Shauns along Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and Chinatown.
- Timmy’s Trail
Takes 35 minutes and spans 3km. Visits Shauns around Covent Garden and Waterloo.
- Shirley’s Trail
Takes 40 minutes and spans 3km. Visits Shauns around St Paul’s Cathedral and Bankside
- Bitzer’s Trail
Takes 1 hour 10 minutes and spans 5km. Visits Shauns around the east part of the City of London, including Tower of London and Bank, across Tower Bridge and The Shard.
Each Shaun has been sponsored by a company and will be sold off in a pubic auction in October, with money raised going to the Wallace & Gromit Children’s Foundation, which helps sick children.
- Shaun In The City runs from 28 March to 31 May 2015. To find out more and to download a map of the trails, visit the Shaun In The City website.
For a guide to what else is on in London this month, click here.