Visiting the 'Swans of Wells' Art Sculptures
I have been looking forward to visiting the 'Swans of Wells' art sculptures since I heard about them appearing in Wells, Somerset (England) at the beginning of February. I visited the swans at the beginning of June, and despite the poor weather, I managed to locate nearly all of the swans. A few swans were yet to be on display at that time, but they should all be on display at the end of June.
The sixty large (five foot) swan sculptures are currently on display in various locations in and around Wells. At the end of September, the swan sculptures will be auctioned off, and the money will go to charity. The swans are representative of the city of Wells, which is noted for its famous swans. (For those who do not know, the swans ring a bell when they want fed, and this tradition has been passed down for many generations.) In addition to a symbol of Wells, the swans are popular with the monarchy as they are owned by the Queen. Since this year is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the swan sculptures are appropriate to celebrate this and to celebrate the city of Wells. As a result, some of the sculptures feature monarchy symbols.
This exhibit is put together to bring visitors to the city, and it follows up from last year's Gorillas in Bristol. For others who enjoyed Gorillas in Bristol, Eggs in London, Elephants in London or Lions in Bath, view the following blog entries:
The swans can be seen in Wells until the middle of September, and they will be in one place before being auctioned. For more information about the swans, visit the Swans of Wells website here: http://www.swansofwells.com/
I have added a few photographs of my favourite swans below.
"Oscar" by John Gould greets visitors at the door of the cinema in Wells. I loved the representation of the Queen and her two corgis wearing 3D glasses at the cinema. The swan even has its own 3D glasses.
The Queen, the Beatles, and British cars decorate this patriotic swan.
"Grace" by Linda Green is a colourful rainbow.
"Guinevere" by Ian Marlow sits in a silver nest in front of Bishop's Palace.
"Queen of Hearts" by Helena Howcroft in front of a church. I liked the colours used, and I love the detail. I've included a close-up photograph of the detail of this swan.
"Toothy Fruity" by Loch Ness sits under a tree in the grounds of Bishop's Palace.
"Queen of Shells", Candace Bahouth; "The Snow Swan", Mary Griese; "Queen of Hearts", Helena Howcroft
"Sundari", Heidi-Lee Sperring; "The Snow Swan", Mary Griese; "The Swanster - Doyouthinkhesarus", Tony Hitchcock; "Swan About Town", Charlotte Moore.
"Candela", Fiona Campbell; "Last Night I Dreamed of Flying", Tessa Farlow; "Naomi", John Yeo; "The Crown Jewels", Helen Stanfield.
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