A look at some of the art and and sculpture trails we've followed this year.
This summer we've seen a number of different art and sculpture trails pop-up in Greater Manchester and beyond.
Last year there was the Bee in the City trail in Manchester with 100 big bees and 130 little bees to spot. Some of those are still in situ.
|A bee in Didsbury|
There was also an ice sculpture trail in Stockport town centre last December and this summer the town has had a very popular frog trail with 22 decorated frogs to spot on the Giant Leap.
|A froggy character was part of the Stockport Ice Trail last December|
|Edgeleap, the Stockport County frog|
As fans of tickable lists, wandering and exploring we've enjoyed the different art and sculpture trails we've taken part in.
Earlier this summer the Trafford Centre had a Big Bug Tour and on a recent trip to the Lowry Outlet mall in Media City we saw there was a Bear Hunt.
|Meadow grasshopper - number 8 on the Big Bug Tour|
|Sitting on a sitting Grizzly Bear - number 2 on the Lowry Outlet's Bear Hunt|
The latest trail we followed was quite unexpected. On a trip to visit family and friends in Ipswich we noticed an elephant sculpture at the side of the road and soon noticed a lot more of them on the drive to our hotel.
|Elephant number 1 - Pip - the first of the elephants we saw|
They were part of Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice with 139 placed around Ipswich. In the short time we were in town we managed to find 55 of them.
|Nine of the elephants on parade in Ipswich|
We've also found quite a few more of the Space Invader pieces of street art by the French artist Invader on our trips to London and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, as well as seeing some reactivated pieces in Manchester city centre.
|The seven Invaders in Gateshead|
|A selection of the Invaders in Manchester|
The various trails and maps we've followed have seen us explore new places, see different things and also rediscover parts of towns and cities.
They're a nice way to bring communities together, attract and retain visitors to towns, shopping centres and malls, as well as raising money for good causes.
Do you have a favourite art-trail, or know of others? Do let us know in the comments.
Related blog posts:
- Tickable Lists