Staff from Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium got to see their marine-themed Snowdog for the first time at a special preview event to officially launch the new trail.
The ‘Dogfish’ Snowdog, which was designed by TV presenter Pam Royle and created by local artist Daniel Stone, is number one on the trail of more than 60 dotted around the North East.
The trail officially starts on Monday, September 19th, but staff from the North Tyneside attraction, who are sponsoring Dogfish, had a sneak peak at the event last week.
“To be honest we were excited and a bit nervous as we weren’t entirely sure what to expect,” said Blue Reef Aquarium’s Rosie Wiggin.
“Pam loves visiting the aquarium and took her inspiration from the variety of marine life on display here. Apparently when she first saw the Snowdog she thought its eyes looked like a fish’s, and that’s how ‘Dogfish’ was born!
“I have to say we were absolutely delighted with him – he’s covered with all sorts of amazing marine-themed artwork and will fit in absolutely perfectly at the aquarium.
“Part of the design features some of the characters from ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Finding Dory’ but there is also a surprise creature which we are keeping secret until the grand launch next week,” she added.
Presented by creative producers Wild in Art, working in partnership with St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice, Great North Snowdogs brings together businesses, artists, schools and community groups to create a public art trail of beautiful Snowdog sculptures, based on the story The Snowman and The Snowdog, by Raymond Briggs.
For 10 weeks from September 19th, the North East’s streets, parks and open spaces will become home to more than 60 individually designed Snowdog sculptures, painted by both well-known and undiscovered artists.
Once the trail ends, the sculptures will be auctioned at a glittering event in December 2016, to raise funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.
St Oswald’s children’s service provides short breaks and respite for young
people with incurable conditions from across the region, plus support for
mums, dads, siblings or other close relations who are affected.
Issued by Blue Reef Aquarium. For more information and to arrange interviews, filming opportunities please contact Sharon Hedley, Rosie Wiggin or Terry McKeone on 0191 258 1031.