Staple Hill to host a Shaun the Sheep
Published on: 08 Jun 2015
CROWDS will be flocking to Staple Hill this summer in search of one of the 70 Shaun the Sheep sculptures on the Bristol fund-raising trail.
Organisers have revealed that Fountain Square will again be a location for one of the colourful statues, as it was two years ago when it hosted the hugely popular rainbow striped Gromit Roger.
In both instances, the attractions have been sponsored by home furnishings shop Top to Bottom.
East Bristol will also see Shauns at Snuff Mills and at Warmley Waiting, on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path, as well as at Bristol Parkway Station and St Werburgh's City Farm.
They are among 70 sculptures on the Bristol trail, which will open on July 6, raising money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity and The Grand Appeal (the charity that supports Bristol Children's Hospital).
Most of the Shauns are in the city centre, with six in the south, seven in the west and nine in the north. Businesses and organisations pay £7,000 plus VAT to sponsor one.
Organisers have been criticised for not placing more of the sheep in disadvantaged areas – there are none in BS5, for example. Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy was among those who expressed concern that the focus was on tourists and the well-off rather than local children.
But Shaun in the City said the main aim was to raise money to support sick children in hospitals in Bristol and across the country. Sponsors were helping to maximise income for the charity, a spokesman said.
“Locations on the trail are not dictated by postcode. The spread of locations throughout the city balances the interests of Bristol residents and communities, tourists and visitors to the city, and the sponsors of our trail.
“We have worked closely with our individual sponsors and the locations themselves to make the trail happen.
“In some instances sponsors have chosen their location, and in others we have brought together locations and sponsors to create the trail.”
Fans of the Aardman Animations character will have to wait until next month to see all the designs for the Bristol trail, but a few have been released.
Among them are Alright me Babber? at Temple Meads Station; Bristol Beauty at Canford Lane; Isambaaard at Clifton Suspension Bridge visitor information centre; Primrose at St Werburgh’s City Farm; and Jarsberry Ram at The Pump House on Merchants Road.
The Shaun in the City! initiative is getting double exposure this year. A London trail featuring 50 different sculptures created by artists, designers and celebrities began in March and was so popular it was extended by a week, ending on May 31.
The second “flock” will be on show in Bristol until August 31. Details of all the locations can be found on the Shaun in the City website.
At the end of both trails, all 120 sculptures will be united for two exhibitions. The first ‘Great Sheep Round Up’ will take place in in Bristol from September12 to 20 and the second in Covent Garden from September 24-27. All sculptures will then go to auction on October 8. Proceeds from the London sculptures will benefit children’s hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. All proceeds from the Bristol sculptures will benefit The Grand Appeal.