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Wild dolphins – WDC announces life-sized dolphin sculpture event

WDC has announced that Aberdeen, Scotland is to become the latest place to benefit from the successful Wild in Art sculpture projects – with life-size dolphins planned for locations across the city next year.

Wild Dolphins sculpture Wild in Art is a global, interactive project which creates mass-appeal art to engage the public. The dolphin sculptures are sponsored by local businesses and then a unique design is painted on each one by a range of artists. The project will eventually see a dolphin trail set up around the city next summer with money raised from an end of event auction going to WDC and the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

Previous projects like this one have seen an increase in tourist activity in the chosen area, with local business, hotels, shopping centres, offices and retail units all benefiting.

Gorillas in Norwich, Gromits in Bristol and SuperLambBananas in Liverpool have become loved by residents and visitors alike.

WDC’s events and fundraising manager, Stine Bang commented: “The fact that dolphins frequently bring a smile to people’s faces when they see them never ceases to amaze us. These graceful, intelligent and social creatures hold a special place in our hearts yet they face many threats.  The Wild Dolphins event will not only raise awareness and vital funds for our work, but will also bring a smile to the faces of local people and tourists alike when they see these big sculptures on the streets of Aberdeen.”

We will be bringing regular updates on how the dolphins sculpture designs are looking in the coming weeks.