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Thirty life-size Ox sculptures to take over Oxford in 2024

Credit: Sobell House

Sobell House Hospice will bring the Ox art trail to the streets next summer.

Each of the life-sized oxen will be uniquely decorated by local and international artists to form a vibrant and family-friendly trail.

Local businesses and national businesses with an operation in Oxford, can sponsor an ox sculpture providing them with their very own 'ox-citing' life-sized animal in the trail next year.

Amelia Foster, CEO at Sobell House Hospice Charity, said: "OxTrail is designed to bring the city together. These art trails have been hugely successful in doing so in other regions, so we're delighted to bring it to Oxford for the first time.

"Taking place next summer, each of the oxen will be uniquely decorated by local and international artists.  to form a vibrant trail.

"Across eight weeks, OxTrail will encourage locals and visitors of all ages to explore Oxford's iconic attractions and find some hidden gems.

"The oxen will be extremely eye-catching so, when they all come together, it's going to look great as they take over our streets."


                             Credit: Sobell House Hospice

The huge art installation event is being brought to the region by Sobell House Hospice with Wild in Art after an and an official launch party at the Blavatnik School of Government.

OxTrail will launch to the public on 6 July 2024 and the art will be on display until the end of August 2024. After this, sculptures will be auctioned off the raise money for the hospice.

Oxford Brookes has already been confirmed as the learning programme partner for the event. The University will support schools in the creation of mini herds via the OxTrail learning programme which aims to expand the trail from the oxen in the city to smaller herds appearing further across the county.

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