Fox themed sculpture trail announced for Fosse Park and Blaby District
The team at Fosse Park, together with Blaby District Council, have announced the launch of a new sculpture trail that will see locally designed life-size fox models dotted around Fosse Park, as well as at tourist attractions in the local area.
The Fosse Foxes Trail will launch as part of the opening of the Fosse Park West and Food Central developments due to open in early 2021. It will see the designs of local artists, designers, community groups and tourist attractions brought to life in vibrant colours on the fibreglass sculptures.
Of the 45 foxes in total, ten will be hand painted by talented local artists who submitted their designs as part of a competition, which saw over 100 submissions. Entrants were asked what Leicester means to them and how it inspired their design. One successful applicant featured a display of purple, white and green shades on their fox design, being inspired by female empowerment and the strength of Alice Watkins, a member of the suffragette movement famously from Leicestershire. The further 9 illustrations cover a range of powerful and important social issues, such as mental health, environment, and cultural diversity to name a few. Check out the image gallery here to see all the winning submissions.
Fifteen of the foxes will be painted by local upcoming artists, Pickle Illustration, who have worked with community groups to represent the culture, heritage and landscape of the area. These foxes will all be located around Fosse Park, with the remaining 20 foxes being designed to reflect local tourist attractions and will extend the trail into the wider local area, also illustrated by Pickle.
Fosse Foxes helps to mark the park’s £168 million transformation, which will see the addition of Food Central and Fosse Park West. The redevelopment will create a total of 140,000 sq. ft. of additional retail and restaurant space, increasing the offering by 40% to complement the current Fosse Park line-up.
The additional 20 Fosse Foxes is part of the Council’s Tourism initiative to showcase the District’s range of attractions and locations in the local area. The project is a joint initiative by Blaby District Council and the Blaby District Tourism Partnership, with funding from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.