The first sculpture of the upcoming Bury St Edmunds Wolf Trail has been installed on Angel Hill today.
‘Willow the Wolf’, created by artist Liz Cooke, was created over a three month period with willow reeds carefully woven over a steel frame.
Today’s installation marks the first of 26 wolves that are set to prowl the streets of Bury, all created by local artists as part of the Ourburystedmunds’ Bury Wolf Trail initiative.
Liz said: “I started with a full-size drawing of the wolf.
“Then I created the steel frame and eventually clad it in willow.
“I reckon if I had worked on it solidly it would have taken about a week.
“But I like to leave it a while, to take a step back and look at it again and change it as I go.
“When I came to the willow bit I had to make some changes, I wanted to emphasise the wolf’s muscles a bit more.
“With this piece I wanted the frame to show through underneath, the other wolf I have made is more fully clad.
“All the artists working on the project are local, which is really nice as we often don’t get to work nearby.”
Mary Porch, from Ashton KCJ who are sponsoring the first wolf, said the exciting project would be a great boost for the town.
As the first business to sponsor a wolf, she got first pick.
She said: “This is a fantastic initiative bringing together local artists and businesses.
“We wanted to choose a wolf that reflected our business. We didn’t want a snarling wolf but something a bit more friendly looking. “An approachable wolf.”
The trail will officially open on July 20 and will run until St Edmunds Day on November 20.