Excitement as Shaun flocks to our streets

August 03 2015

THE wait is finally over – local residents can now enjoy a number of baa-rilliantly decorated sheep, right on our doorstep.

THE wait is finally over – local residents can now enjoy a number of baa-rilliantly decorated sheep, right on our doorstep.

In the area, we have Groovy Baby in Coldharbour Road, Sparkles the Unicorn in Horfield Common and Star Bake outside Boston Tea Party in Gloucester Road.

These were painted by artists Emily Ketteringham, Emily Golden and Tom Hovey respectively, and are part of the Shaun in the City trail which raises money for sick children in Bristol.

There are 70 sheep in total to discover on Bristol's trail, which runs until August 31.

It continues the success of London's Shaun in the City, which ran for eight weeks during the spring.

Emily Golden, who lives just around the corner from her sheep Sparkles, says that it has been great seeing children enjoying the glittery Shaun, which is located in front of the Ardagh Pavilion on Horfield Common.

Emily said: “With my first Shaun, Candy Baa, being in London, it's amazing to have Sparkles so close to my house.

“Plus, it's great that there is a community cafe, so people coming to find Sparkles can stop and have a tea or coffee.

“I was so pleased when I was asked if I wanted to paint another in Bristol. I had in mind that I wanted to use pastel colours and glitter, but I didn't know what design to do.

“But my inspiration in the end came from Japanese Kawaii cartoon characters and Pokemon.”

Tom Hovey – known for illustrating food and providing illustrations for the Great British Bake Off – said: “My design [for Star Bake] is based on the French pastry dessert, mille-feuille, with layers of multi-coloured fruit, creams and pastry.

“I also incorporated swill rolls and cream buns for the ears, top of the head and tail, and legs which gave the design a bit of balance alongside the busy body.

“I ultimately wanted to make it bold, bright and look good enough to eat and I think I achieved that.”

He added: “I was thrilled when I heard that 'Star Bake' was not only sponsored by Boston Tea Party but situated outside their cafe in Bishopston. It is a perfect fit considering my cake-y design and I love that BTP is a family-run West Country business.

“I'm all about keeping it local and with my studio being in Stokes Croft I can pop up and see ‘Star Bake’ whenever I fancy.”

Hazel Burville, owner of Coldharbour Framery and Gallery in Coldharbour Road, says that there has been a “real buzz” on the street since Groovy baby – which dons hippy attire and an impressive moustache – has landed in the area.

Hazel said: “It's great to see everyone out and about and having fun, there's a real buzz on the street, and people do seem to have taken Shaun to their hearts.

“We've had a lot of local people dropping in to various shops to say thank you for sponsoring him and putting a smile on everyone's face, which really makes it all worthwhile.”

Artist of Groovy Baby, Emily Ketteringham, said: "It has been really fantastic having my Shaun on Coldharbour Road. 

"I’ve had lots of comments about his shirt reminding people of their carpets and curtains from the 1970s, which is just the sort of response I was hoping for. 

"All the traders have been taking such care of him, I love the fact that they have put hay bales around him so people can sit and have a chat with him about his outfit and curly hair."

All of the sheep will be auctioned off this autumn, with all proceeds from the Bristol sculptures benefitting Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.

Funds raised by the sale of the London sculptures will go towards Wallace & Gromit’s Children's Charity, which supports sick children in hospitals throughout the UK.

The charity’s latest trail follows in the footsteps of its popular ‘Gromit Unleashed’ event in 2013, which saw sculptures of Aardman's loveable canine raise £2.3million for the hospital.

Groovy Baby on Coldharbour Road