Monday marked the opening of the trail for the Great North Snowdogs 2016. Inspired by everybody’s favourite animated short film, The Snowman, the public art event features over 61 snowdog sculptures which have been beautifully designed by artists across the country. For the next 10 weeks, the snowdogs will be dotted near tourist attractions around Tyne and Wear for families, couples and groups to explore the local area, learn more about the artist behind each dog and help raise money for a fantastic cause. At the end of the ten week trail, the dogs will be auctioned off to raise money for the St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.
During the opening evening we enjoyed live performances and refreshments before watching the cutting of the ribbon to officially open the trail. In keeping in with the dog theme, we were served massive hotdogs and bags of pupcorn whilst we took a closer look at some of the dogs designed by the children of Lambton Primary School and George Washington Primary School. It was a great family event for local press, schools and sponsors to mark the beginning of this great outdoor art event.
The idea behind this public art event is to attract tourists to the area and to get families out and about enjoying the local area all whilst raising money for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.
It’s time to ditch Pokemon Go and make way for The Great North Snowdogs!
The Great North Snowdogs app is now available to download on iPhone and Android. Use the app to locate your nearest snowdog and enter the special four-digit on its plaque to great rewards and special offers. You can also read more about each dog, find out about its sponsor and vote for your favourite design. The app is 79p with proceeds raised going directly to St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.
Alongside the big snowdogs, there are 97 more little dog sculptures that have been decorated by local school children. These sculptures will be dotted around indoors in small litters for all to see.
Will you be venturing out around Tyne and Wear to spot The Great North Snowdogs?