Wiltshire

Great bustard sculpture arts trail in Warminster

Great Bustard sculpture
Image caption The sculptures are designed to be decorated by their sponsors

A community arts project featuring giant great bustard sculptures has been set up to raise the profile of the Wiltshire town of Warminster.

Go Bustards!, organised by Warminster Art Society and Warminster and Villages Development Trust (WVDT), aims to build civic pride and community spirit within the town.

The glass fibre resin sculptures will form an arts trail around the town.

Organisers are seeking more businesses to sponsor their own bustard.

New sponsors are encouraged to decorate their sculptures.

Sponsor Organ Inn has put its bustard in the pub garden, the children of Minster School had a naming and design competition for theirs, and the owner of handicraft shop Think Outside the Box is to decorate her sculpture with 22kgs of multi-coloured buttons.

Project inspiration

Lesley Fudge, of Go Bustards!, said: "Our aim is to associate the magnificent great bustard with the lovely market town of Warminster and its surrounding areas.

"The bustard is on the Wiltshire flag and on the guide and scout badges, and they are being reintroduced to Salisbury Plain."

Mrs Fudge said she welcomed applications for the sculptures from other local organisations such as play groups, youth centres and hotels.

She said: "We want all different parts of our community to be involved to bring people from Warminster and the surrounding villages together, and raise the spirits in what is such a difficult time for many.

"We want to enable any group that wants to be part of the fun to have their own Bustard to paint and decorate."

The sculptures will also be used to raise money for charity by way of donations, and eventually an auction will take place to sell the decorated birds when the project is over.

Go Bustards! is set to run throughout the year with the sculptures displayed at a number of public events including the Queen's visit to Salisbury Cathedral in May and the Warminster Festival in October.

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