Throughout the spring and summer, Shaun the Sheep will be grazing the streets of London in the “Shaun in the City” hunt. During this time 120 giant sculptures of the beloved Aardman character – created by a mix of artists, designers and celebrities – will be scattered throughout the city. The first flock of 50 sculptures has already arrived and will continue to make the capital their home until 25th May.
At the end of the run each design will be auctioned off in order to raise funds for the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity and The Grand Appeal – both organisations support children in the United Kingdom who are undergoing hospital treatment.
Where Can I Find a Map?
If you want to boost your chances of finding all of the sculptures, best download the official companion app – it’ available on Apple and Android devices. Use it to follow the trail, receive trophies, monitor your progress and complete your hunt. The app is available on Google Play and iTunes for £1.49 and all proceeds will go towards the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity. Alternatively, you can download a PDF copy of the map via the official Shaun the Sheep website.
Are the Sheep Within Walking Distance?
Most of the Shaun the Sheep sculptures are accessible on foot; however, not all of them are within walking distance of each other. Public transport services can be used to reach the furthest away sculptures. The benefit of using the mobile application is that it will tell you where each sculpture is located and how far away they are by foot – it even measures the distances you’ve walked. Visit the Transport for London website if you need help organising your route.
Are the Sculptures Easy to Find?
Each sculpture is not only colourful and bold, but measures just over five feet tall. In the Square Mile area alone – which includes London Bridge, Waterloo and Bank – there are 21 individual Sculptures. While on your travels you’ll no doubt run into a few by accident; however, some may require a little more searching than others.
How Much Money Will the Event Raise?
Last year the Gromit Unleashed trail managed to attract 1.8 million visitors and raise £4.5 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital. Each year the event has grown, and 2015 is expected to draw more participants than ever before. If you’d like to contribute more to the cause you can buy official merchandise via the online Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep charity shop.
The Shaun the Sheep charity trail was scheduled to tie in with both the Chinese New Year and the release of the new movie. So far the event has been a huge success by encouraging local residents and tourists alike to partake in the fun – all while raising money for a good cause. If prowling the streets of London searching for 50 giant sculptures seems a little daunting, cut out the walking with a trip on The London Helicopter. You may even be able to spot a few from up above.