Shaun the Sheep has descended upon London as part of a new charity initiative to benefit thousands of children in hospitals around the UK.
The Shaun in the City trail launched on Saturday, March 28th with a tractor ride across the capital, towing giant versions of the popular pre-school character.
The sculptures are now set to be dotted around London until May 25th, to form a special arts trail to help raise money and awareness for the Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity.
The sculptures, featuring designs from celebrities, including David Gandy, Zandra Rhodes and Cath Kidston, will be auctioned later this year.
The Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity launched its Gromit Unleashed trail across Bristol in 2013, and raised over £2.3 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
The Shaun in the City trail will now see 50 different Shaun the Sheep sculptures populate London and 70 across Bristol from July 6th to August 31st.
Throughout the UK, companies have sponsored individual sculptures, and following both trails, 120 Shaun sculptires will be brought together for two exhibitions in London and Bristol before heading to auction.
“After an incredibly successful trail of Gromit sculptures across Bristol in 2013, which raised £2.3 million for the charity at auction, we wanted to bring our next project to the capital,” said Nicola Masters, director of Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity.
“Shaun is a timeless creation with real international appeal.”