Covent Baa-rden! 120 Shaun the Sheep Sculptures take to Auction

‘Shaun In The City’ exhibition showcased in Covent Garden ahead of charity auction

– Bidding legend Tim Wonnacott will lead the charity auction on October 8th – featuring designs by David Gandy, Zandra Rhodes, Cath Kidston and DreamWorks Animation

– Proceeds from the auction of the sculptures will support Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity

It’s normally tourists flocking to Covent Garden, but this week the famous piazza had a different sort of flock… in the form of 120 giant sculptures of Aardman’s loveable character Shaun the Sheep.

Having been displayed across London and Bristol to form two art trails earlier this year, the five-foot sculptures will be exhibited in ‘The Great Sheep Round-Up’ at Covent Garden from Thursday 24th September to Sunday 27th September, before being auctioned for Wallace &Gromit’s Children’s Charity on 8th October.

The giant versions of the hugely popular character have been designed by celebrities, artists and brand collaborators – including supermodel David Gandy, Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway, fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and DreamWorks Animation. Auctioning royalty Tim Wonnacott will lead the bidding process on October 8th and will be inspecting the flock in person on Friday 25th September – providing the perfect opportunity for potential bidders to get some expert advice on the sculptures.

‘The Great Sheep Round-Up’ will be free to attend, with donations to the charity welcome, and represents the culmination of ‘Shaun in the City’ – two charity arts trails that saw the groups of sculptures dotted around Bristol and London throughout the spring and summer. Testament to the enduring popularity of Shaun the Sheep, the trails attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the UK and around the world, and the trail in London was extended for an additional week due to overwhelming popular demand. The ‘Shaun in the City: Sheep Spotter’ app regularly topped the iTunes weekly downloads chart, with a total of almost 80,000 downloads by the end of the Bristol trail.

The charity behind the project, Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, organised the ‘Gromit Unleashed’ trail in Bristol in 2013, which raised over £2.3 million at auction for Bristol Children’s Hospital. Building on this success, its two ‘Shaun in the City’ art trails during 2015 saw 50 Shaun the Sheep in London from 28th March to 25th May and 70 different sculptures installed across Bristol from 6th July to 31st August.

The money raised from the auction of the London sculptures will go towards Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, which supports sick children in hospitals throughout the UK, and the sale of the Bristol sculptures will support The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.

Director of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, Nicola Masters said: “It’s been a wonderful summer for Shaun and our Covent Garden exhibition represents the last chance for the public to see all 120 sculptures from our London and Bristol trails before they go to auction in October.

“We’re delighted to have had the support of so many designers and sponsors in bringing this fabulous flock to the city’s streets for so many thousands of people to enjoy. We really hope as many people as possible will head to Covent Garden to see our Shauns this weekend. With London Fashion Week over, a sheep walk should provide the perfect substitute to the cat walk.”

Having previously hosted the hugely successful ‘Gromit Unleashed’ auction in 2013, Tim Wonnacott is hoping for more of the same from the ‘Shaun in the City’ auction night.

He added: “The ‘Gromit Unleashed’ auction was an incredible evening and a truly ground-breaking project to be a part of. I am very proud to once more bring my experience and expertise to such an exciting event, in aid of these two fantastic charities.

“It has been brilliant to visit ‘The Great Sheep Round Up’ this morning to see the very special sculptures that I will be auctioning in a few weeks’ time. There are some very eye-catching designs among the flock that I’m sure will be highly sought after on the night!”

For more information and to register your interest in bidding at the auction, visit www.shauninthecity.org.uk/auction

Join the flock at facebook.com/shaunsinthecity, and on Twitter at @shaun_inthecity #ShaunintheCity.

Shaun the Sheep the Movie is available on DVD now.

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