Look out for city's herd of painted ponies this summer
FIRST there were gorillas – now dozens of painted ponies are set to appear in the centre of Bristol.
A trail of equine models will be created through a public art competition celebrating the 60th anniversary of the popular city charity HorseWorld.
The location is still under wraps but the Whitchurch organisation said the exhibition in the summer would feature designs submitted by celebrities, as well as members of the public.
Successful entries will then be painted onto models, in some cases by professional artists, before taking their place in the trail.
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Mark Owen, HorseWorld's managing director, said: "Exhibition details are currently being finalised but we can guarantee the setting will provide an impressive backdrop to what we expect to be a magnificent herd of beautifully painted model ponies.
"Everyone who submits a design will be invited to the exhibition launch, whether or not their design is selected for inclusion."
Mr Owen said it was easy to get involved as it is not necessary to be an accomplished artist – or even to have any paint.
All that anyone needs to enter is a creative idea.
Mr Owen said: "People may want to symbolise something about our great city, to convey an important message, celebrate an interest, mark the Olympics, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee or another landmark event – all ideas are welcome."
Mr Owen said it was hoped that people of all ages would get involved in the project, with templates for designs being available from the charity and featured on its website.
One is of a horse cantering and the other shows one rearing.
The exhibition will include models of both movements and the plinth can also be used as part of the design.
The trail will be one of a number of events to mark the charity's own diamond jubilee.
HorseWorld started life as the Friends of Bristol Horses Society, which was set up by volunteers in 1952 to largely care for retired working horses.
Its vital work today involves taking in horses, ponies and donkeys which have been rescued, are unwanted or can no longer be cared for by their owners. The charity then either cares for them for life or finds them new homes.
HorseWorld is working on the art project with USA-based fine art and collectibles company The Trail of Painted Ponies, which has organised similar events in the United Stated but until now has never ventured into Europe.
Any artist who wants to help with the project should email email@example.com or phone 01275 893026.
For more information, visit the website www.horseworld.org.uk.