The Big Stampede

The streets and open spaces of Hamilton and South Lanarkshire will come alive with giant safari animals this summer!

When, Where & How Much...

Date(s): 23 June 2017 to 27 August 2017
Time(s): All Day
Where: Hamilton
Price: This is a free event

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About The Big Stampede

Well-known and undiscovered artists from across the UK will join The BIG Stampede pack to raise funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Organised by Hamilton Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Wild in Art, The BIG Stampede is a free public art trail that will see a herd of safari animal sculptures descend on Hamilton this summer, showcasing the length and breadth of the UK’s artistic talent.

Artist Peter Poole (51) from the town of Hove on the south coast of England creates artwork which blends realistic elements with imaginative ideas, including still life, landscape and urban scenes and has designed two sculptures to go on display as part of the trail.

A ‘Snooper Trooper’ mechanical elephant, sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise, invites all aboard its first class passenger lounge. It is a tinplate toy built to explore and never forgets the way - you can wind it up and stroll through any imaginary jungle. His second design - an ‘Out of the Loch’ giraffe, sponsored by Banks Group, depicts an underwater scene inspired by the legendary Loch Ness Monster that stirs deep in the dark waters.

Peter Poole, said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Scotland to decorate my sculptures. I’ve never been there before and I’m sure it will be a couple of very hard weeks of work! I am in the middle of planning things right now, including research and sketching more detailed roughs to use when painting the final sculptures.”

Three designs from an artist closer to home will also feature in the trail. Twenty three year old Rae McCulloch is a graphic designer and artist from Stonehouse in South Lanarkshire who has been painting for over 10 years and achieved great success at the age of 21 in Hamilton’s Ready Steady Gallop trail with her ‘Horse Power’ design. For The BIG Stampede, Rae has designed ‘Sekhmet’, ‘Thomas’ and ‘Albert III’.

The commanding Sekhmet lion is inspired by ancient Egyptian mythology where a Sekhmet was a warrior goddess depicted as a lioness. Her name means ‘the powerful one’ and she was the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians.

Thomas the giraffe is inspired by the iconic Tunnock’s Teacake, made in the Scottish confectionery company’s factory in Uddingston, and illustrates a painted chocolate giraffe inside the wrapper of a teacake.

Albert III is a striking gorilla sculpture crafted in a fibre glass space suit that pays tribute to Albert and Albert II, two monkeys that were flown into space. Albert was the first monkey ever flown into space by the USA and Albert the third has been designed in memory of his fellow primates before him who visited the stars.

Rae McCulloch, said: “It’s such an honour to be involved in the making of three animal sculptures for another trail. Horse Power was an incredible success towards the making of my career so far and I look forward to seeing how much my designs raise at auction for such a wonderful cause. ‘Albert III’ is by far by the most complex of my designs as I plan to have a heavy 700mm Ø acrylic helmet propped onto his head, currently on its way from the US.”

Artists were invited to create designs for a variety of safari sculptures including elephants, lions, gorillas, giraffes and rhinos and designs were submitted across a range of artistic techniques, from traditional to new media and illustrations to fine art.

The BIG Stampede will transform Hamilton into a sculptural animal kingdom from June to August 2017. The event will bring businesses, artists and schools together to create a spectacular and colourful trail which will positively contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of the town. After the trail, the sculptures will go to auction for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Gareth Walker, BID Manager at Hamilton BID, said: “We were blown away by the quality of entries for The BIG Stampede and our expert panel has selected a fantastic line-up of bold, vibrant and adventurous designs which will really bring the trail to life. There is so much artistic talent throughout the UK and it’s fantastic to be able to provide a platform for artists like Peter and Rae to showcase their creations to a mass audience.”

Wild in Art is one of the leading creative producers of mass-appeal public art events which brings together business and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of city-wide trails of uniquely painted sculptures.

Lanarkshire is the latest region set to benefit from the Wild in Art sculpture projects, which have previously seen groups of animals occupy towns and cities across the globe, from Wild Dolphins in Aberdeen to Taronga Wild Rhinos in Sydney.

The BIG Stampede follows in the footsteps of Hamilton BID’s inaugural project with Wild in Art in 2014, which saw 25 giant Clydesdale horses and 30 mini ponies canter into town as part of the Ready Steady Gallop campaign which raised £67,800 for Kilbryde Hospice.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Big Stampede are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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