The turtle and hare sculptures that have formed a city trail seen by thousands of visitors throughout the summer are expected to come under the hammer later this month.
The eye-catching works – decorated by local artists – were part of The Way Ahead Art Trail in Eye which launched on July 8.
The 26 sculptures along with 16 mini-sculptures will be auctioned off at a sale hosted by Clarke and Simpson at the Oaksmere Hotel in Eye on Thursday, September 16, to benefit Blossom Charity, a local cause that helps women – and men – to achieve their life goals.
Thousands of people have descended on the city to glimpse the sculptures through a path designed to represent the way forward as the UK emerges from the pandemic. The initiative was hailed as a runaway success – but the trail ended on Saturday, September 10.
Among the spectacular exhibits, the AstraZenecHare by artist Karen Turner represents the hope that science and vaccine have given to the world – with many works depicting everything that happened during the pandemic. In 2019, the city’s first Sheep Art Trail raised £ 40,000 at auction and organizers hope to reflect its success this year.
Blossom Charity Founder Bridget McIntyre said: “I was so excited to see the fabulous sculptures that have been created. Based on the reaction we received in Eye, there will be a lot of interest and a lot of bidding at the auction.
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“When we decided to organize the trail, we were hoping that the impact would be to bring a lot of people to our charming market town, to please families who could not spend their vacation this year and also to collect funds for our charity. We are confident that the first two goals have been achieved and we are optimistic about the last.
Jackie Ordish – who organized the course – added: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us so far and we know that our sculptures are generating a lot of interest. “
Artist Nicola Warner, who painted one of the sculptures, said: “As a mixed media artist who creates layered and energetic work focused on flowers and country life, I have been delighted to be sponsored by Clarke and Simpson to paint a hare sculpture for the Blossom. Charity.
“Luna’s design comes from the folklore surrounding hares and features three golden crescent moons and a golden full moon on the forehead. The layered grass she sits in, right down to the dark starry night sky over her body, is due to my usual layered style. Luna was a joy to paint, and I hope she will raise much needed funds for the charity to continue her vital work. “
The auction website – launched in partnership with Clarke and Simpson and the-saleroom.com – has gone live and people can bid now if they can’t attend the event. The website will remain open and offer live auctions while the auction is going on, so no one should miss.
Auctioneer Hayden Foster – who will wield the hammer that day – said Clarke and Simpson were “thrilled” to once again be both sponsor and auctioneer of an auction for the charity , “Who does a great job of improving the lives of men and women across Suffolk County”.
“There has always been a great atmosphere at previous auctions, and we hope that after giving so much joy to the people of Eye, the sculptures are selling for high prices to facilitate as much good work as possible.” , did he declare.
Go to www.eyesculpturetrail.co.uk for details on how to buy tickets and place bids.
For those wishing to attend the event Oaksmere tickets are priced at £ 15.
The Blossom Charity aims to instill confidence in women and men through one-on-one coaching, workshops and style consultations so that they can make lasting changes in their lives. The money raised from the auction will help this work continue and grow.