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Time running out to walk the Wolves in Wolves trail

Visitors to the City of Wolverhampton only have 4 more days to walk the popular Wolves in Wolves trail.

(l-r): Back row: Cllr John Reynolds, Wolves in Wolves artist Nigel James Kilworth, Heidi Wall-Holden, Sally Sandel of Wolverhampton BID; Front: Mark, aged 3, Josh and Elaina Mason, all alongside Beowulf
All alongside Beowulf

The city's largest ever public art event comes to an end on Sunday after almost 3 months, which has seen more than 50,000 trail maps snapped up from city venues, plus thousands downloaded digitally.

The 30 wolves sculptures have become much loved figures in the city centre and West Park, catching the eye thanks to their outstanding designs - created by artists and school pupils.

Once the trail is over, the wolves will be officially auctioned off with the proceeds to be shared between Outside Centre and the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu's chosen charities. Full details will be announced shortly.

Elaina Mason of Dunstall, has been a regular on the trail with her husband Josh and 2 children Mark, aged 3, and daughter Sofia, aged 5.

She said: "My family has absolutely loved the Wolves in Wolves in trail.

"The children have been so excited to find all the wolves and every time they see one they run over for a photo.

"Our favourite wolf is Sacred Grandfathers in the Chubb building.

"The competitions associated with the trail have also been great and we were lucky enough to win a family ticket to the speedway. We've never been before and can't wait to go."

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "The wolves have really captured people's imaginations and the whole project has been a howling success.

"Wolves in Wolves has showcased the city to visitors and the 30 wolves have helped put the city on the map as a cultural centre.

"It has also been a great way for people of all ages to get active and discover the city and what it has to offer."

The map can be viewed at Wolves in Wolves, where it can also be downloaded and printed.

Copies of the map are also available at Civic Centre reception, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Central Library, WV Active Central and The Way Youth Zone.

The names of all the Wolves and their associated artist are:

Wild (Stef Fridael), Colour (Clemens Briels), Love (Danielle Robotham), Hunter (Sophie Casewell), Old Gold (Alex Vann), The Sitting (Jasyn Lucas), Bayliss (Jody Lee Williams), Thomas (Sunita Meen), Sunset (Jemima Mantle), Support Life (Alex Vann), Compton (Harriet Davies), Kiyiya (Jo Burgess), Rainbow (Julie Fletcher), Meditation (Nigel James Kilworth), Hope (HeadStart Team), Aurora (Katie Keith), Endless Opportunities (Jody Lee Williams), Dynasty (Laura Hickman & Kesia Pennington-Yates), Flame (Mark Lavendar & David Miller), Garden (Claire Rollerson), Wolfy McWolf (Emily Bland), Sacred Grandfathers (Jasyn Lucas), Beanstalk (Navkiran Klare), The Fallen (Cllr Claire Darke), Fenrir (Marie Sewell & Neil Hodgkiss), Wolf Ver-Hampton (Moreton School), Zeus (Highfields School), Beowulf (Parastoo Duffett), Mander (Jodie Fletcher & Laura Hickman), and Claude (Belinda Maria Longsden).

Wolverhampton BID Director, Cherry Shine, said: "Wolves in Wolves has been a fantastic project that showcases the work of the Wolverhampton BID.

"The engaging and friendly sculpture trail has attracted families and visitors to our city centre to have a great day out.

"The wolves have injected a sense of fun into our centre, reminding people of the amazing city we are, and has supported businesses to thrive by driving significant footfall."

Official sponsors of the project are HeadStart Wolverhampton, Hilton Main Construction, Learn Play Foundation, Mander Centre, Marston's Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society, MoveCorp, Talent Match Black Country, NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, University of Wolverhampton, Yoo Recruit, West Midlands Fire Service, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Arena Theatre and Enjoy Wolverhampton.

  • released: Wednesday, September 20, 2017