Villa Plus is delighted to announce that we will be one of the sponsors of a ewe-nique new art trail coming to London very soon.
LONDON’S BLEATING: From Saturday 28th March, a flock of 50 five-foot tall sculptures of Shaun the Sheep will be arriving on the streets of London for the ‘Shaun in the City’ art trail and Villa Plus is delighted to sponsor one of the ‘Shauns’.
High-profile artists, designers and celebrities have designed and decorated the sculptures which will stand at iconic landmarks, attractions and locations throughout the capital from next month, including Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, The View from the Shard and The Tower of London. Our sculpture will be located at Tower Bridge.
The ‘Shaun in the City’ trail will run across London from 28 March to 25 May. This will be followed by a second trail across Bristol, featuring 70 different Shaun sculptures, from 6 July to 31 August.
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.
The Wallace & Gromit Children’s Foundation organised the ‘Gromit Unleashed’ trail across Bristol in 2013, featuring the classic Aardman Animations character, which raised over £2.3 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Director of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, Nicola Masters said: “The ‘Gromit Unleashed’ trail was an incredible success, raising £2.3million for the charity at auction and attracting more than 1.2million visitors to Bristol, which contributed over £123million to the local economy.
“Following this, we wanted to bring our next project to both London and Bristol, so that even more people could get involved and enjoy our fantastic flock of sculptures. We’d like to thank Villa Plus and the rest of our sponsors for helping us to make the trail happen, and 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’ features 50 sculptures and will take place around London from Saturday 28 March to Monday 25 May. The Bristol ‘Shaun in the City’ trail will feature 70 different sculptures and run from Monday 6 July to Monday 31 August. Full details of the artists, celebrity designers and sculpture locations will be revealed at the launch on 24th March.