A hotly-anticipated public art trail featuring a rainbow of giant giraffe sculptures has been launched in Worcester.
The spectacular display, titled Worcester Stands Tall, began on Monday, July 9 and will finish on Sunday, September 16.
A total of 57 individually designed and painted sculptures are on show through the city’s streets and open spaces, forming a trail approximately six-miles in length.
The trail is raising funds for the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.
John Bawden, Chairman of Governors at St Richard’s, said:
“We are tremendously excited to bring these fantastic giraffes to our city and can’t wait to see everyone enjoying the trail this summer!
“We hope our event will not only inspire civic pride – but also give people a great excuse to get out and get active, exploring the city while helping raise money for our Build 2020 Appeal.”
Of the 57 sculptures, 30 are 8ft tall and have been decorated by artists for display through the city in a number of well-loved places. Each large sculpture has been sponsored by organisations from across the county.
There are 26 smaller calf sculptures which have been decorated by schools and community groups and are on show in the city’s Crowngate Shopping Centre.
And one final rose gold giraffe calf is proudly displayed by the main entrance to Worcester Cathedral.
Charlie Langhorne, a Director of Wild in Art, said:
“Worcester Stands Tall celebrates the city’s people and places, and together with St Richard’s Hospice we’re proud to have helped bring businesses, artists, schools and communities together through the power of creativity.
“Have lots of fun getting out and about on the colourful art trail, discovering the spectacular giraffes, and sharing the magical stories the artwork inspires!”
Trail maps are available from points around the city, including Worcester Tourist Information Centre, the Worcester Stands Tall pop-up shop – located in Crowngate Shopping Centre, St Richard’s Hospice shops in Worcester, and city-based businesses arrangeMy escape, in Mealcheapen Street and Anja Potze in Friar Street.
There is also an app for the trail too – which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
The app allows visitors to the trail to track their progress as they walk the route, discovering giraffes and facts about the city along the way.
Once the trail has finished, there will be a ‘Farewell Event’ held in the Chapter House at Worcester Cathedral from Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, October 7.
Then, each large sculpture will be auctioned on Thursday, October 11, at drp in Hartlebury, to raise money for the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal.
The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.
Worcester Stands Tall is supported by presenting partners Worcestershire Ambassadors and Crowngate Shopping Centre, education partner West Midland Safari Park and media partners Free Radio and Worcester News.
Find out more about Worcester Stands Tall by visiting worcesterstandstall.co.uk
For more information about Build 2020 visit www.strichards.org.uk/build2020