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Sheep-shaped and UWE Bristol fashion

UWE Bristol’s Shaun the Sheep has created a hive of activity at the university this summer

The UWE Bristol sponsored ‘Lotus’ Shaun –on display outside the Aardman Animations’ building in Bristol as part of the Shaun in the City charity sculpture trail – has prompted university staff to further raise money for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

The ‘Far East’ inspired Shaun, painted by Shaun the Sheep the Movie writer and director, Richard Starzak, sees many of Aardman’s most famous creations adorning the legs and body of the sheep-shaped-sculpture, in different tai chi stances.

Over 50 volunteers from the University have put their name forward to keep the University’s Shaun clean over the course of the trail, which runs until 31 August 2015.

Teams of five will take it in turns to look after the sheep for a week at a time, whilst helping to further raise awareness of the charitable cause.

A smaller incarnation of Shaun will be visiting offices across the UWE Bristol Campuses, as part of #Shaunintheoffice, which will encourage staff members to donate to the charity in order to ‘fund’ the diminutive sheep’s travel expenses, as he moves from department to department.   

There are a total of 70 sculptures on the Bristol ‘Shaun in the City’ trail.

Shaun in the City is being organised by The Grand Appeal, by the team that created the award-winning ‘Gromit Unleashed’ public art trail in 2013, which saw Aardman’s loveable canine sidekick Gromit raise £2.3 million to support sick children and babies at Bristol Children’s Hospital.