120 giant Shaun the Sheep sculptures, which were painted by artists and household names from the worlds of film, art, animation and fashion, grazed green spaces and iconic locations in London and Bristol during spring and summer of 2015.
50 Shaun sculptures were situated around the capital city, London, from the 28th March till the 31st May 2015. From the 6th July till 31st August, the second flock of entirely different and unique sculptures, were situated around Bristol. In Bristol, we had a Shaun in the City trail. An app was created which showed you the route of the ‘Trail’ which you could follow, in order to find the Shaun statues. As Bristol is quite a large city, the Shaun statues were placed in many different locations, which meant that you could enjoy a day or two out with your family, looking for the sheep statues. Once you had found a Shaun statue, you could note down the code and enter it onto your map. I was able to find two statues whilst out, however, I was unable to go and find the rest.
In Bristol from the 12th – 20th September, the Great Sheep Round Up Exhibition took place. It contained the combined sheep statues from both London and Bristol, 120 in total. This gave everyone a chance to visit the exhibition to view all of the sheep statues together, and to photograph the ones that they may have missed when following the trail. I knew that I had to try to get tickets to the exhibition as I wanted to try to view all of the statues.
I set my alarm early one morning and waited online for the tickets to go on sale. I was extremely fortunate to buy some for myself and my family before they sold out in 20 minutes. I booked tickets for Friday 18th September at 7:30pm.
The Great Round Up was situated at The Mall Cribbs Causeway. In one of the car parks, they erected a huge pavilion / outdoor tent area. We lined up outside as the staff checked our tickets. As soon as we walked into the tent area, the sheer quantity of Shaun statues took me by surprise. I walked around the indoor tent and photographed every single sculpture. We were given a two-hour slot to view the sculptures and I didn’t think that I would spend that long in there, however, we stayed almost until they were closing. I was fascinated by each sculpture, the details on each statue were amazing and it was great to be able to stand close to them to see the details up close. It must have taken days if not weeks or maybe longer, to paint these statues. They were amazing!
The staff was friendly and were answering questions about the individual sculptures. There was a large number of visitors which attended that evening which is understandable. It was busy at first, so photographing each sculpture was difficult, however, people were pleasant and were allowing you to photograph each sculpture before they did, therefore I had no problem when photographing each Shaun. Towards the end of the evening, the crowd of visitors dwindled, and I was able to take more landscape photographs, which included all of the sculptures.
Below are some screen shots of both the London and Bristol sculptures, from the Shaun in the City website.
This way, you are able to see the names and front photographs of the statues. I will then upload some of the photographs from my visit to the exhibition.
Choosing a favourite sculpture is extremely hard as they were all fantastic and if I could, I would have chosen them all, however, if I had to choose my favourite Bristol Sheep sculptures were the Bagpuss Shaun, Air Fleece Shaun, Great West Shaun, Star Bake Shaun, Woolly Wonderland and Shear – Lock Holmes Shaun. My Favourite London Sheep sculptures were the Another one Rides the Bus Shaun, Happy & Glorious Shaun, Woolly Jumbo Shaun, To Sheep Perchance to Dream Shaun and The Guardian, Chelsea Pen-Shaun-er Shaun and Kanzashi Shaun.
On Thursday 8th October 2015, the sculptures went under the hammer in a grand auction hosted by Sotheby’s auctioneer Tim Wonnacott. This gave everyone an opportunity to bid and win a Shaun statue to take home. Each statue sold, raised money which would help sick children in hospitals across the UK. The proceeds from the London sculptures sold, would go to The Wallace & Gromit’s Children Charity, which supports children’s hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. The proceeds from the Bristol sculptures sold, would go to The Grand Appeal, which funds life-saving care, pioneering medical equipment, facilities, and comforts for patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital. I was in two minds as to bid on one of the large sculptures, however, I couldn’t afford the prices they went for. In total, the money raised from the sale of all 120 sheep sculptures raised over £1Million for charity which is absolutely fantastic!
Like me, if you were unable to bid on one of these giant sculptures, you could purchase a mini Shaun sculpture instead. On the Shaun in the City website, they have an online shop with a variety of products which are sold for charity. They have produced mini replicas of some of the popular larger Shaun sculptures. I was surprised by my mother, who purchased me two of the mini sculptures.
These sculptures were hand-made and hand painted, with every detail just as amazing as the giant one.
I really enjoyed The Great Round Up exhibition. Being able to see all of the combined sculptures from London and Bristol was great. Every sculpture was amazing and I was amazed by the details on each one. I am pleased that I was able to visit these sculptures and that my money and the money raised will help hospitals all over the UK.
- Shaun in the City Shaun Sculptures