Bristol Shaun the Sheep sculptures unveiled

Four Shaun sculptures for Bristol arts trail Image copyright The Grand Appeal
Image caption When the trail is finished the sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for Bristol Children's Hospital

The first giant sculptures of Shaun the Sheep, decorated by local artists, are going on show before a public art trail opens across Bristol this summer.

The newly-designed sheep can be found at Temple Meads, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Westbury-on-Trym, the Pump House and St Werburgh's City Farm.

The trail, involving 70 statues, starts on 6 July and ends on 31 August.

The sculptures will be auctioned later this year to raise funds for Bristol Children's Hospital's Grand Appeal.

Shaun the Sheep is a children's TV and film character created by Bristol-based Aardman Animations.

The Bristol trail comes after the "Shaun in the City" London trail earlier this year proved so popular it was extended by a week.

A previous trail in Bristol in 2013 based on another Aardman character, Gromit, raised £4.5m for sick children after the sculptures were auctioned.

Nicola Masters, from The Grand Appeal, said: "'Gromit Unleashed' was an incredible success that completely surpassed all of our expectations, and that success was all down to the people of Bristol.

"With Shaun's national and international appeal, 'Shaun in the City' is sure to put Bristol in the spotlight this summer, and we can't wait for the flock to arrive."

The first five sculptures to be unveiled are "Alright me Babber?" by Susan Taylor at Temple Meads Station, "Bristol Beauty" by Cassie Debry at Canford Lane in Westbury-on-Trym, "Isambaaard" by Tim Miness at the suspension bridge, "Jarsberry Ram" by Simon Tozer at The Pump House, Merchants Road and "Primrose" by Henning Lohlein at St Werburgh's City Farm.

People wanting to take part in the trail can track down the 70 sculptures using a free trail map or by downloading a smartphone app.

Image copyright The Grand Appeal
Image caption Nick Park, who created Shaun the Sheep, was also behind Wallace and Gromit

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