YOU may have already noticed giant dogs dotted around the Welsh capital over the past few weeks. Well now you will be seeing a lot more as an art sculpture trail to raise money for children’s hospice Ty Hafan is set to kick off this weekend and the whole family can get involved.
A total of 40 snowdogs – which are based on the animals in animated film The Snowman And The Snowdog – will be unveiled at locations across the city and in the Vale of Glamorgan to raise funds and awareness of the children’s hospice, which is based in Sully, near Barry.
Before going out on their walkies, each Snowdog was named and decorated with its own unique design by both amateur and well-known artists including Julien Macdonald and Steven Brown.
And there will also be a firebreathing snowdragon prowling around - which was designed by the team here at Media Wales.
The fibreglass sculpture, which stands at 1.5m tall and is based on the legendary Welsh dragon, will be given a prime position when it comes to Cardiff on September 16 for the 10-week Snowdogs: Tails in Wales event.
Artist Dorian Spencer-Davies, a Welsh-born artist from Carmarthen who created the Snowdragon for the trail, said: “This is just one of many fantastic designs which will be scattered across Cardiff and the Vale as part of the Snowdogs: Tails in Wales public art trail in support of Ty Hafan.
“I’ve really, really enjoyed doing this. It’s a sort of cartoon style, and I think people of all ages will be attracted to it.”
You’ll be able to find our snowdragon on Queen Street, in Cardiff’s city centre.
Alongside the giant Snowdogs is a pack of 57 Snowpups created by local schools and community groups as part of a Learning Programme, sponsored by Acorns Nurseries.
The Snowpups will be displayed at a range of indoor locations while the
main trail is live.
Members of the public can follow the trail by downloading the Snowdogs: Tails in Wales app or by following the map which will be available from TyHafan shops, Visit Cardiff outlets and also downloadable from the Snowdogs: Tails in Wales website. You can follow the trail by downloading the Snowdogs: Tails in Wales app from the App Store or Google Play store to ‘unlock’ the whole pack of Snowdogs. With the app, you can collect Snowdogs, unlock rewards, view your progress, add photos to our gallery and share on social media, following @SnowdogsWales and using the #SnowdogsWales hashtag.
Plus loads more pawsome features for just 99p from the App Store or Google Play.
The dogs are dotted around Cardiff and South Wales and these maps will help you find them.
Project Manager Helen Gibbons said: “This is one of our most exciting campaigns ever, as the Snowdogs trail will form part of everyday life for ten weeks, with the giant dogs visible on the streets, parks, beaches and iconic buildings.
“As well as raising money for children with life-limiting conditions, taking part in the trail will encourage friends and families to spend time together, exploring their favourite