Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Ready Steady Gallop

Organisers of Ready Steady Gallop saddened to report charity auction horse sculpture vandalism
Hamilton team call on public to demonstrate support to ensure charity doesn’t lose out further due to vandalism of artwork to be auctioned
30th June 2014, Hamilton; the organisers of Ready Steady Gallop, the community mass art event seeking to bring visitors into the centre of Hamilton this summer and raise money for the Kilbryde Hospice, are saddened to report that due to vandalism the horse placed at Chatelherault in Hamilton is being removed from the trail for the moment.
Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour Party Councillor for Hamilton North and East said, “Everyone is shocked and angered by what has happened. The police are following a positive line of enquiry and CCTV footage is helping with this. I know the community will get behind Ready Steady Gallop even more now so let's all pull together to make the project a big success for Hamilton.”
Gareth Walker, BID manager said “We hope the people of Hamilton and visitors to the area enjoy viewing all of the other great pieces of art placed across the trail. Whilst disappointed by the weekend’s vandalism, we don’t want people to be disheartened, so are calling for the people of Scotland to get behind this project and ensure the remaining sculptures are seen by as many as possible prior to the auction in September. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Kilbryde Hospice appeal.”
Gerry Campbell, the General Manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, said: “This horse had quickly become a very popular attraction at Chatelherault, especially among families taking their kids there to enjoy the facilities at the park. It’s very sad that a few mindless individuals think it is OK to ruin the fun enjoyed by so many others. Hopefully the police investigation will be successful in tracking down the culprits.
“We will do what we can to support any effort to replace the horse.”
More about the trail:
For the next nine weeks, streets and open spaces will showcase the herd of brightly coloured, life-sized Clydesdale horse sculptures that have been painted by local artists. Their foals, which have been painted by local schools, will also be helping to take over the town and put Hamilton firmly back on the map.
24 of the unique sculptures, which stand at an impressive 1.9 metres tall, along with 30 of their foals will create an art trail which can be followed using the free Ready Steady Gallop mobile application.
Download the application
Use the app to help you find all the horses and scan the QR code to unlock special offers. The app also lets you share the fun by uploading your pictures straight to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Ready Steady Gallop App is available on the App Store and on Google Play
Take a selfie
Visitors to the trail are being encouraged to take a “selfie” of themselves as they find each horse sculpture, and special prizes will be awarded to the best photographs on social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook.
After the spectacular event, the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise funds for the local charity The Kilbryde Hospice, so see them while you can.

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