Press release from the Royal Mint
The Royal Mint announced March 27 that it is one of the sponsors of
a "ewe-nique" art trail taking place across London to raise
money for United Kingdom children’s hospitals.
For the next eight weeks only a flock of 50 five-foot tall
sculptures of Shaun the Sheep will be trotting the streets of London
for the "Shaun in the City" art trail — including one very
special "Shaun" which has been created by The Royal Mint.
High-profile artists, designers and celebrities have designed and
decorated the colourful sculptures which will stand at iconic
landmarks, attractions and locations throughout the capital including
Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, St Paul’s Cathedral,
and The View from the Shard.
The Royal Mint’s sponsored sculpture "Shaun-xiào" is
located at a very fitting location — The Tower of London, where the
mint once resided for more than 500 years from the late thirteenth
century until 1812.
The "Shaun in the City" trail will run across London from
28 March to 25 May followed by a second trail across Bristol,
featuring 70 different Shaun sculptures, from 6 July to 31 August.
Following both trails, all 120 "Shauns" will be sold off
at a public auction in October. The money raised will go towards the
Wallace & Gromit Children’s Foundation, which supports sick
children in hospitals throughout the UK.
The Royal Mint took part in the Wallace & Gromit Children’s
Foundation "Gromit Unleashed" trail across Bristol in 2013,
which raised over £2.3 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital, and
the organisation’s "National Treasure" sculpture will be
displayed in the new Royal Mint Visitor Centre which opens in spring 2016.
The Royal Mint’s director of commemorative coin and medals, Shane
Bissett, said: “We were offered the fantastic opportunity to take part
in another ‘Aardman Adventure’ and jumped at the chance to show our
support for such a worthy cause. In 2014 The Royal Mint struck the
United Kingdom’s first Chinese Lunar Calendar coins for the Year of
The Horse beginning a new series, the Shangxiào Collection, named to
honour the Chinese zodiac. The series continues in 2015 with gold and
silver coins struck for the Year of the Sheep, and we wanted to
transform Shaun into the star of our Shangxiào Collection to celebrate
his special year and Chinese Lunar New Year.
“‘Shaun-xiào’ has been created by one of The Royal Mint’s own
in-house design team, Stephen Taylor, and features elements of our
Lunar Year of the Sheep design, including the Chinese symbol for
‘Sheep’, a large coin ruff around Shaun’s neck and red fleece to
symbolise the gift envelopes which are exchanged at Lunar New Year. I
hope that he enjoys his trip to Tower of London, and that visitors
enjoy meeting him!”
Director of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, Nicola
Masters said: “The ‘Gromit Unleashed’ trail was an incredible success,
raising £2.3million for the charity at auction and attracting more
than 1.2 million visitors to Bristol, which contributed over £123
million to the local economy. Following this, we wanted to bring our
next project to both London and Bristol, so that even more people
could get involved and enjoy our fantastic flock of sculptures. We’d
like to thank The Royal Mint and the rest of our sponsors for helping
us to make the trail happen, and bringing Shaun to the big city!”
Creator of Shaun the Sheep, Nick Park CBE said: “It’s been a busy
year for Shaun, he has just launched his first movie and now he has
his very own arts trail! Shaun is such a well-loved character with so
many fans around the globe, I am sure many will flock to London to be
part of the fun.”
Have you been to see Shaun-xiào at The Tower of London?
If so, share your pictures at facebook.com/theroyalmint or at Twitter.com/royalmintuk using the hashtag #Shaunxiao
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