Wolves set to prowl the streets of Bury St Edmunds for ambitious art trail

Pictured: Nigel Kaines (Designs on Metal), Mark Cordell, Duncan Riggall (Artist), Melanie Lesser, Marie Roby (Artist), Jackie and Steve Manning (Topiary designs) ANL-151103-125038009
Pictured: Nigel Kaines (Designs on Metal), Mark Cordell, Duncan Riggall (Artist), Melanie Lesser, Marie Roby (Artist), Jackie and Steve Manning (Topiary designs) ANL-151103-125038009
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A series of wolf sculptures are set to prowl the streets of Bury St Edmunds in an ambitious art trail project this summer.

About 25 life-size or larger sculptures, made by 20 local artists from a variety of materials, will be dotted around the town from mid-July to St Edmunds Day on November 20.

The initiative has been spearheaded by Business Improvement District organisation Ourburystedmunds and inspired by similar art trails across the UK.

Chief executive Mark Cordell said: “Chester has had rhinos, Aberdeen had dolphins and Norwich had gorillas a couple of years ago, which attracted around a million extra visitors to the city.

“Our wolves will be unique as each one will be individually crafted by an artist, rather than having identical sculptures that are then painted with different designs.

He said they had chosen the wolf because of its connection to the legend of St Edmunds and is a ‘natural extension’ of the wolf sculpture on the Southgate roundabout.

The wolves will be displayed in public spaces and buildings with the potential for some to be sited in local businesses. Maps will be made available for the trail.

Melanie Lesser, of Bury in Bloom, who has helped co-ordinate the trail, said there had been ‘genorous sponsorship’ from different organisations with support from town and borough councils as well as contributions from councillors’ locality budgets.

The cathedral and arc are working in partnership with the BID.