Location: Derby Museum & Art Gallery, 2021. Derby Ram Trail
In 2021 I was commissioned to bring to life a large ram sculpture for Derby. The Derby Ram Trail was a spectacular free discovery trail, featuring unique ram sculptures that brightened the streets of Derby between 27 May and 25 August 2021. It was brought to the city by Derby Museums, in partnership with Wild in Art and Derby’s Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID).
The free sculpture trail invited people to find all colourful rams dotted around the city centre, all sponsored by local organisations and businesses. It encouraged people to get back into their communities, to explore new areas and to support local businesses, putting Derby Museums in the vanguard of the city’s recovery after lockdown.
I used bold patterns made up of lots of different sized shapes and colours making sure they overlapped one another to form a vibrant pattern. I usually like to cover my sculptures completely but this time made the white/negative space an important part of the design and to the overall narrative. This was the first time using pearlescent paint for the base and glitter on a sculpture and love how it turned out!
“Ramtastic’ is a fantastic ram wrapped in a creative explosion celebrating the rich cultural diversity and talent in the region"
The reaction from the public
#CelestialLotus rocket was loved by the public with many taking photos with the sculpture and shared across social media. A few of my favourites below.
The final sculpture
The Derby Ram Trail is estimated to have attracted close to 120,000 visitors during its three-month run, including Derbyshire locals and visitors from across the UK and internationally.
A legacy app, enabling people to continue navigating the trail via mobile to find 3D virtual images of the rams in their original positions, continues to be available as a way for residents and visitors to interact with the city
Ramtastic sculpture rambled off to a Lincolnshire Wolds location set in the grounds of Nettleton Park, owned by Don Amott Parks.
Name: Ramtastic Location: Derby Museum & Art Gallery Client: East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Generation Next Materials:
Posca coloured and black ink.
Charity: Derby Museum and Art Gallery