Shaun in the City

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The Royal Mint's special Shaunxiao sculptureLast Saturday, Shaun the Sheep started appearing in London.  Not just one, not just two but a whole flock of them. For the next eight weeks a flock of 50 five-foot tall sculptures of Shaun the Sheep will be trotting the streets of London for the ‘Shaun in the City’ art trail – including one very special ‘Shaun’ which has been created by The Royal Mint.

Remember the Wallace and Gromit trail in Bristol last year?   That raised £2.3million for the Wallace & Gromit Children’s Foundation charity at auction, attracted more than 1.2million visitors to Bristol and contributed over £123million to the local economy. Then people like Joanna Lumley each designed a Gromit.

Much the same process has been followed again. High-profile artists, designers and celebrities have designed and decorated the colourful sculptures which will stand at landmarks, attractions and locations throughout the capital including Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, and The View from the Shard. The Royal Mint’s sponsored sculpture ‘Shaun-xiào’ is located at a very fitting location – The Tower of London, where the mint once resided for more than 500 years from the late thirteenth century until 1812.

The ‘Shaun in the City’ trail will run across London from 28 March to 25May followed by a second trail across Bristol, featuring 70 different Shaun sculptures, from 6July 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.

In Bristol during the life of the Gromit trail, many adults and children tried to see and photograph themselves at each of the statues, so popular did they prove to be. Unfortunately, some mindless idiots also vandalised a few. Let’s hope that that will not happen this time.

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