An art trail featuring super-sized balloon dog-shaped sculptures and smaller balloon pups has arrived in Swindon for the summer.
The Big Dog Art Trail features more than 70 sculptures covering Swindon’s streets, parks and public spaces and can be explored until 3 September.
The family-friendly event is expected to attract lots of visitors to the area as they track down each sculpture and admire their impressive, unique designs, many of which have been created by local artists and schools.
Visitors can explore the trail by downloading the official app to discover the sculptures, collect rewards from the event’s generous sponsors, track trail miles and steps with the pedometer, and discover more about the unique designs and artists involved.
When the trail ends the pack will be brought together for a grand Farewell Weekend on 16 – 17 September before they are auctioned on 19 September for Julia;’s House Children’s Hospice.
Funds from the trail and auction will help Julia’s House continue their care and support services for seriously ill local children and their families at its hospice in Devizes.
The trail features a design from one of the youngest artists to ever paint a large Wild in Art sculpture. 12 year old Morgan Guillery won the Swindon Advertiser’s competition to be sponsored the £6,000 needed to design a dog for the trail.
Mike Bartlett, deputy CEO for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, said “We are absolutely thrilled to finally unveil the incredible Swindog and Swinpup designs, after keeping them under wraps for so long.
“It was a mammoth task getting all of the sculptures to their locations, and we can’t thank the team at Beard enough for their support in helping us complete the task.
“It’s been a real community effort with artists, local businesses, schools and other groups getting involved.
“We hope everyone has brilliant fun discovering all the Swindogs on The Big Dog Art Trail across Swindon this summer.
“If you’re taking part, please consider making a donation to Julia’s House charity to support the lifeline of care we provide to local families. And don’t forget to share your sculpture selfies with us on social.”
Find out more about the event at www.bigdogarttrail.co.uk