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A towering sculpture trail taking over Cambridge this spring!

21 Mar 2024

A sculpture trail of towering proportions will be taking over Cambridge this spring as over 90 gentle giants from the African plains gallop onto the city’s streets!

After the success of Cows about Cambridge in 2021, Break together with delivery partners Wild in Art and trail partners Cambridge BID and Alan Boswell Group, are bringing a brand-new sculpture trail to the streets of Cambridge from 21 March – 2 June 2024.

Cambridge Standing Tall will see 31 beautifully decorated giraffe sculptures take up residence across the city, all sponsored by a local business and designed by an established national or regional artist.

The Large Gs will be located around the city centre, with the gentle giants taking up home on Parkers Piece, Christ’s Pieces, Peas Hill, Eddington and Cambridge North to name a few.  

Trotting alongside them are over 60 Mini Gs, each created by local schools and community groups as part of the trails Learning and Community programme, designed to spark young people’s creativity. They will be appearing in hubs across the city centre in libraries, bookshops and shopping centres.

Not only will these beautiful creatures capture the imagination of Cambridge residents and visitors alike and giving them the opportunity to explore new areas of the historic city, they’ve also got a very important job to do – to help raise the vital funds for Break to continue their vital work in supporting the county’s young care leavers

“We’re delighted to be back in Cambridge with another trail and to be bringing this colourful herd with us,” comments Senior Partnership and Project Manager Peter Marron. “The trail really wouldn’t be possible without the big hearts of the local business community, and together we’ve been able to create something that will give people an exciting new perspective of the city. We hope that by delivering a fun, family day out across the city that the trail will be enjoyed by explorers of all ages; while at the same time raising much-needed funds to make life better for young adults leaving care.” 

There are a range of opportunities to help raise funds for Break: 

  • Trailgoers wanting to locate and identify all 93 of the long-necked creatures can download the official Cambridge Standing Tall app (£1.99). 
  • Pick up a Cambridge Standing Tall trail map (suggested donation £1) from a variety of trail map hubs including Hilton Cambridge City Centre, Cambridge BID Ambassadors, Gonville Hotel, Heffers Bookstore, Storey’s Field Centre Eddington, and Novotel Cambridge North.  
  • Step Up and Stand Tall and get sponsored to run, jog or walk the trail over the ten weeks the trail is live. 
  • Enter the GiRaffle £2 p/ticket to be in with a chance to win a once in a lifetime VIP giraffe experience at Woburn Safari Park!  
  • Browse the range of Cambridge Standing Tall merchandise available at our online store

Once the giraffes have been herded off the streets, many will be going under the hammer at a charity auction, hosted by celebrity auctioneer Natasha Raskin Sharp from show’s including Bargain Hunt and Flog It.  

You can register your interest in attending the auction. 

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