Scampede for the best dog designs

Sponsors viewing the designs they can choose from for the Great North Snowdogs initiative.
Sponsors viewing the designs they can choose from for the Great North Snowdogs initiative.

Businesses were involved in a ‘scampede’ as an art trail begins to take shape.

A host of organisations in North Tyneside, including Blue Reef Aquarium, Quorum Business Park, Royal Quays Shopping Outlet and DFDS Seaways, were asked to chose designs for the Great North Snowdog.

The team from Blue Reef Aquarium viewing the designs available for the Great North Snowdogs initiative.

The team from Blue Reef Aquarium viewing the designs available for the Great North Snowdogs initiative.

Each has sponsored a giant dog sculpture, which will be placed on an art trail around the north east to raise awareness and support for St Oswald’s Hospice Children’s Service.

More than 80 designs were submitted by artists, with the businesses battling it out for their favourite.

Laura Barber, from sponsors Quorum Business Park, said: “We were looking for an eye catching unique design which holds attention and were keen to select something which hadn’t been seen before.

“There were so many great designs to choose from.”

The project is in partnership with Tyne and Wear Metro and will see more 50 large and 100 small dogs located across Tyne and Wear from September.

The artists are now working to bring their designs to life by decorating their sculptures over the summer.

Curator James Lowther said: “When going through the designs, we were looking for ideas that are imaginative, colourful and engaging and wanted to have a range of styles from abstract to representational across the trail as a whole.

“We think the sponsors have done a great job of choosing some brilliant designs.”

“We are so excited to see the real things come to life over the summer.”

There is still the opportunity for businesses to sign up to sponsor a Snowdog.

For more information contact sponsors@greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk, visit www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk or call 0191 285 0063 ext 2122.