South Wales Echo - - BIG PREVIEW -

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

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