Twelve giant snowmen will be in place this Thursday, 22nd November, for a Walking with The Snowman sculpture trail at Media City, celebrating forty years since the publication of Raymond Briggs' classic book The Snowman.
These snowmen will be created by the same artists who created some of the Bee in the City trail sculptures in Manchester which, last week, raised £1.1million for the Lord Mayor of Manchester's We Love MCR Charity.
The Walking with The Snowman trail is free and will run until 6th January across MediaCityUK, and all of the dozen snowmen be decorated by a professional artist, inspired by the song The Twelve Days of Christmas...
Sculpture number one is inspired by the song's first verse A Partridge in a Pear Tree and will be painted by Jodie Silverman. Two Turtle Doves will be created by tattoo artist Megan Evans, whilst Three French Hens is by graffiti-inspired artist Lei-Mai Lemaow. Manchester-based graphic designer and printmaker Kim Hubball will paint Four Calling Birds and Czech-born airbrush artist Adam Pekr will create Five Gold Rings.
Community artist Jenny Leonard, who specialises in murals and site-specific public art, will create Six Geese a-Laying; Salford-born sisters Laura-Kate and Lizzie Rose Chapman will create Seven Swans a-Swimming and Nine Ladies Dancing respectively; and mural artist Donna Newman will paint Eight Maids a-Milking. Hammo, an illustrator and mural painter from Manchester, will paint a sculpture inspired by Ten Lords a-Leaping.
Artist Lois Cordelia's Eleven Pipers Piping is covered in depictions of twelve musicians playing different pipe instruments from all over the world. The final sculpture on the trail is Twelve Drummers Drumming by animator and illustrator Jessica Perrin. All these sculptures will be auctioned online in early December to raise money for BBC Children in Need.
Meanwhile, local school pupils will decorate their own smaller one-metre-tall Snowman sculptures. These will be displayed inside venues around Media City to form part of the trail. Medium-sized sculptures painted by children and young people will arrive on the trail in early December and stay until 13th January, before being returned to the schools that created them.
The trail is a collaboration between Wild in Art and Penguin Ventures...
"We're really excited to be working with twelve incredibly talented artists on Walking with The Snowman" says Ben Reed, Head of Creative Development at Wild in Art "They all created imaginative designs for our Bee in the City trail, from giant ice-cream sundae themed bees to bee superheroes, and have come up with some beautiful and quirky ideas for their Snowmen sculptures. Some are traditionally Christmassy, but some won't be quite what you expect!"
For full details of Walking with The Snowman see the website – click here
The trail map will be available from 22nd November.
Photos by Karen Wright Photography
Main photo shows Lois Cordelia painting Eleven Pipers Piping