The holiday season is a time of joy, wonder, and cherished traditions. A unique and magical celebration awaits in the heart of London’s Fleet Street Quarter. ‘Walking With the Snowman’ is an enchanting art trail that promises to fill your festive season with sparkle and merriment. In this article, we’ll delve into the details of this delightful event, pay tribute to the beloved classic ‘The Snowman,’ and take you on a journey through the artistry and creativity of talented artists who have brought these Snowman sculptures to life.
The Snowman: A Timeless Classic
Before we embark on this wintery adventure, let’s take a moment to appreciate the timeless classic that inspired it all.
The Birth of a Classic
In 1978, the world was introduced to ‘The Snowman,’ a wordless picture book created by Raymond Briggs. Little did anyone know that this beautifully illustrated tale of a boy’s magical adventure with a snowman would become a beloved masterpiece.
‘The Snowman’ has transcended generations, captivating children’s and adults’ hearts. Over the years, it has sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide, becoming a treasured part of countless families’ holiday traditions.
The Animated Magic
In 1982, ‘The Snowman’ was brought to life as an animated film. Since then, it has graced television screens yearly, making it an indispensable part of Christmas for millions.
‘Walking With the Snowman’ Art Trail
Now, let’s step into the magical world of ‘Walking With the Snowman’ and discover what makes this art trail a must-visit this festive season.
A Collaborative Wonderland
Fleet Street Quarter, in collaboration with Wild in Art and Penguin’s Random House, is proud to present ‘Walking With the Snowman.’ This free art trail will enchant visitors for ten weeks, spanning from November to January.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Inspiration
As you explore the streets of Chancery Lane, New Street Square, Fleet Street, and Ludgate Hill, you’ll encounter twelve individually painted Snowman sculptures. These enchanting creations draw inspiration from ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas,’ adding a touch of whimsy and tradition to the festivities.
Sculptures of Splendor
Standing tall at 1.6 meters, these Snowman sculptures rest upon recyclable plinths crafted from recycled plastic. The artists behind these magnificent creations have poured their hearts and souls into each design.
Jessica Perrin’s ‘Twelve Drummers’
One of the trail’s highlights is Jessica Perrin’s ‘Twelve Drummers.’ This whimsical Snowman design features a gingerbread-esque snowman and a charming marching band of twelve tiny drumming mice. It’s a delightful fusion of artistry and festivity.
Jenny Leonard’s ‘Four Calling Birds’
Another masterpiece on the trail is Jenny Leonard’s ‘Four Calling Birds.’ This Snowman is adorned with a captivating depiction of London’s skyline and iconic landmarks. It’s a playful tribute to the city that comes alive during the holiday season.
The Trail Begins
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 21, as ‘Walking With the Snowman’ officially begins. It’s the perfect way to kickstart your holiday season with festive cheer, artistry, and the magic of ‘The Snowman.’ As the famous song goes, you’ll find yourself ‘walking in the air.’
As the holiday season draws near, ‘Walking With the Snowman’ promises to be a highlight of the festivities in Fleet Street Quarter. This art trail not only celebrates the enduring magic of ‘The Snowman’ but also showcases the incredible talents of artists who have brought these Snowman sculptures to life. Whether you’re a longtime fan of ‘The Snowman’ or simply looking for festive cheer, this enchanting trail invites you into a world of wonder and creativity. So, mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready to embark on a magical journey filled with snow, art, and holiday spirit. Don’t miss out on this brilliant adventure!