Tortoise Takeover sculpture trail opens across Jersey

Giant tortoise sculptures have appeared overnight all over Jersey as part of the island-wide free sculpture art trail.

Fifty sculptures of the charismatic creatures are in various wild spaces, coastal vistas and urban hangouts around the island, ready to be discovered throughout the summer until 31 August.

A further 65 smaller tortoise sculptures have been designed and decorated by local schools and community groups and were installed in indoor venues and shop windows on 16 June.

The trail can be followed with the free official Tortoise Takeover app, where users can collect each sculpture with a unique code, unlock rewards, upload photos and track their steps.

Official trail maps are available at certain locations across the Island, such as Jersey Zoo, Jersey Airport, Jersey Harbour, Liberation Station and various hotels.

All 115 tortoise sculptures will eventually come together at Jersey Zoo and be available for visitors to see between 14 and 17 September, which will be followed by an auction on 21 September.

It is hoped that funds raised from the auction of the tortoise sculptures will be enough to support the construction of the new tropical house for Durrell’s endangered reptile and amphibian inhabitants.

Visitors can keep up to date with the tortoises on or by searching #JerseyTortoises and following @JerseyTortoises via social media channels.

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