A Dog’s Trail: All of Cardiff’s Snoopy sculptures moved after wave of vandalism
All of Cardiff’s Snoopy sculptures are being moved to safer locations after a wave of vandalism. Several of the statues that make up the free public art project, A Dog’s Trail, have been damaged since its launch on April 8, and have already had to be removed after being targeted by vandals.
The trail, which runs through South Wales and includes 40 large Snoopys and 75 smaller ones, proved popular with residents and tourists from Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl, but was vandalized within 24 hours of its launch . Five sculptures were damaged in the first week, and two others were closed due to minor surface damage.
The vandalized statues were: ‘Welsh Wildflowers’ at Caerphilly Castle, ‘Tally’ at Llandaff Fields, ‘Peek a Boop’ at Victoria Park, ‘A Dog’s Dream’ outside City Hall and ‘Bore Dar Snoopy’ at Dafydd Williams Park. Despite the incidents, which left some of the sculptures headless, the Dog’s Trust, which runs the trail, said it received “phenomenal support” from the public.
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However, 19 of the colorful sculptures based in Cardiff city center and parks around the capital are now ‘relocated’ for good, to protect them and ‘to ensure the beautiful works of art can continue to be enjoyed “. Get the latest news from across Wales straight to your inbox by signing up to our newsletters.
In a statement on Thursday, trail organizers said: “Since the trail was launched on April 8, the sculptures have brought so much joy to thousands of people. But as you may have seen, several have been vandalized or suffered damage and had to be temporarily removed from the trail for repairs.To ensure that residents and visitors to South Wales can continue to enjoy the magnificent works of art, today (Thursday 28 April ), 19 of the sculptures based in Cardiff city center and Cardiff parks will be relocated to new locations where they will be safer.”
Cardiff-based sculptures are being moved to new locations in Roath Park the Capitol Center , queens arcade and cardiff castle . Two of the statues that were previously removed from the trail – Peek a Boop and Tally – have also been repaired and will be on view again in Roath Park this weekend.
There will be no location changes for the sculptures in Cardiff Bay, Porthcawl and Caerphilly. Details of the new locations can be found on the A Dog’s Trail app and information will also be available on the location of previous sculptures to let people know where they can now be enjoyed.
Rebecca Staden, Project Manager for A Dog’s Trail, said: ‘People from South Wales and beyond have come in their thousands to enjoy this super special trail, but sadly some of the beautiful carvings which have brought joy to so many people were deliberately vandalized and others suffered damage.
Therefore, we are moving the sculptures based in Cardiff City Center and Cardiff Parks to new locations where they will be more secure and so that everyone can continue to enjoy them. People who have visited them before may even want to see them again in their new “forever homes”.
She added, “From the moment the Trail launched, we have been overwhelmed with the support we have received. People of all ages love it, and so do their dogs! This Trail has brought together artists, businesses and the community and has been a true collaboration and celebration of Wales.
“Since the trail’s launch, the app has had over 150,000 visits to individual sculptures, with over 3,000 selfies uploaded to its gallery and thousands of fans heading to A Dog’s Trail shop at Mermaid Quay to purchase. keepsakes and keepsakes We are determined to ensure that everyone can enjoy the Trail until June 5th and that eventually the 40 large sculptures can be auctioned off to raise funds for the Dogs Trust which will takes care of thousands of dogs who need to find a new home.