Find giant sculptures of Wallabies, Gorillas, Scottish comic strip characters, and children’s favourite Elmer the Patchwork Elephant this year.
Cities and towns up and down the country will be home to hundreds of huge fibreglass animals and famous characters painted by local, national and international artists. The colourful art trails by Wild in Art in support of local charities weave through streets, parks and open spaces entertaining everybody that discovers them.
A Scotland-wide trail and island hopping to Jersey and the Isle of Man
On the Isle of Man there are more than 25 large Wallaby sculptures waiting to be found from 24 May -1 September. Inspired by the island’s population of wild wallabies – the largest outside of Australasia – Wallabies Gone Wild takes visitors on a Manx adventure.
In Scotland, the cheeky chap Oor Wullie is back following his debut three years ago. This time, Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail features more than 150 giant sculptures and is nationwide, taking in the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness from 17 June – 30 August.
Across the Channel, 40 Gorillas stand majestically on Jersey. Throughout the island, the Go Wild Gorillas sculptures help visitors reconnect with nature and can be enjoyed 27 July – 14 October.
Turning the country patchwork
A trio of Elmer’s Big Art Parades stomp into Suffolk, Plymouth and Tyne & Wear this summer. They are inspired by one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk trumpets into Ipswich town and the wider county with 55 Elephants from 15 June – 7 September.
Forty Elmer sculptures will help visitors have tons of fun navigating Britain’s Ocean City as well as Plymouth’s surrounding areas during Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth from 8 July – 16 September.
Visitors to the Great North can let the stunning trail of more than 50 Elmers guide them to city landmarks and the region’s cultural gems and coastline on Elmer’s Great North Parade, 21 August – 1 November.
Pick up a map
Available to all and free of charge to enjoy, the vibrant, quirky sculptures adorned with artwork by an array of artists are unmissable talking points for all ages. Located in some iconic locations with picturesque backdrops, the sculptures promise plenty of unusual photo opportunities.
Trail-goers can pick up a map from information points in the locations or download a mobile app to track and record progress to get exclusive content, retail discounts and special prizes.
Raising money for charities
Smaller sculptures decorated by local children and young people will be displayed in culture and leisure venues such as libraries, museums and shopping centres. After everybody has enjoyed them on the art trail, these mini versions are returned to the schools and groups that created them to keep.
Meanwhile, the supersized sculptures will continue their good work: after making hundreds of thousands of people smile they will be available to buy at auctions to raise funds for the charities.
To find out more, please visit our events page.
Wallabies Gone Wild
Location: Isle of Man
24 May – 1 September
Charity: Hospice Isle of Man
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk
Location: Ipswich and Suffolk
15 June – 7 September
Charity: St Elizabeth Hospice
Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail
Location: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness
17 June – 30 August
Charity: Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, ARCHIE Foundation and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity
Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth
8 July – 16 September
Charity: St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth
Go Wild Gorillas
27 July – 14 October
Charity: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Elmer’s Great North Parade
Location: Tyne & Wear
21 August – 1 November
Charity: St Oswald’s Hospice