the blossom charity, based in the picturesque market town of Eye, in North Suffolk, is always looking for innovative and exciting new ways to raise funds, so that it may continue providing the programmes and resources necessary to help the men and women they support.
For the third year running, the blossom charity has organised an art sculpture trail with 26 large, beautifully decorated, tortoises and hares displayed around the town, and later auctioned, to raise money for the charity. Offering a fun and engaging trail to brighten the local community and charm all those who visit, these sculptures are colourful reminders of Aesop's 'The Tortoise and the Hare' fable about resilience and never giving up. We have called the trail 'The Way Ahead' as we move forwards coming out of the pandemic. We also hope it will encourage residents and visitors alike to get out and get active, helping Suffolk to Keep Moving.
Capturing the imagination of all those involved, each of the sculptures have been kindly sponsored by local businesses. Following their sponsorship, these businesses have sought to collaborate with an array of talented artists, all of which have volunteered countless hours of their time designing and decorating these glorious sculptures.
We are also extremely grateful to the many volunteers behind the scenes who help make this event such a success - from building a website or concrete plinths, to lifting and transporting the plinths and installing the sculptures; from creating and designing the artwork to organising the auction and the food; and many more activities....we are very grateful, so thank you all!
The sculptures are dotted across the town for all to see – you’ll find some of them parading through the motte-and-bailey castle, the magnificent church of St Peter & St Paul, the community centre and the gardens of local residents. You can find each sculpture's exact location on the map below. There are also 16 mini sculptures to find in shop windows, which are to be auctioned alongside the large ones, so be sure to look out for these too!
The trail will be in place from Thursday 8th July to Friday 10th September, following which the animals will make their way to The Oaksmere, Eye, for the grand charity auction which is to be held on Thursday 16th September. Please find a map of the trail below, with an additional pdf link to the map and quiz leaflet, which will also be available from dream on, Eye Coops, CafeEye and the library, to enable visitors to find all the exhibits and take part in a quiz.
Please tag your photos on social media with #EyeSculptureTrail