Giant safari animal sculptures are almost all set to put their stamp on Hamilton!

The final preparations are being made for the public art trail that will feature giant sculptures of safari animals throughout Hamilton.

A herd of elephants, tower of giraffes, pride of lions, band of gorillas and crash of rhinos will stampede into the town this summer.

And people will get a first look at them at a preview drop-in session next week on Tuesday, February 28 at the Holiday Inn.

Gareth Walker, manager at Hamilton Business Improvement District (BID), said: “The event will help give a taster of what to expect when the animals stampede into Hamilton this summer in all their artistic glory.”

It is being held for event sponsors to pick a design to transform their blank safari animal sculpture ahead of the trail which is set to go live on June 23.

Depending on their level of sponsorship, businesses will be able to choose from a selection of elephant, giraffe, lion, gorilla and rhino designs.

The BIG Stampede will bring businesses, artists and schools together to create a spectacular sculpture trail through the streets, parks and open spaces of Hamilton and the surrounding areas, while raising funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Once the specific designs have been selected, the artists commissioned will have almost three months to bring the giant sculptures to life using a range of different materials from mosaics and graffiti to fibreglass and metal work. Designs can feature a number of art disciplines from traditional to new media and illustrations to fine art which will create a colourful and imaginative trail once complete.

Mr Walker added: “We’ve had a terrific response from artists with some fantastic creative designs beyond expectation and we’re looking forward to unveiling these to sponsors and interested businesses at our upcoming event.

“With so many brilliant designs, picking one is not going to be an easy task.

“It’s going to be a great event and we’re looking forward to finding out which designs will be going on display before being auctioned for the extremely worthwhile Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.”

The event will be held from 3pm to 7pm and businesses are invited to find out how they can still become part of the pack.

The BIG Stampede will go on display from June to August with over 100 sculptures expected to take over Hamilton and the surrounding areas.

Over 80 schools are also getting involved through The BIG Stampede’s education initiative which will see pupils creating their own miniature hippo sculptures to go on display as part of the trail.