You might be wondering why you’ve seen the familiar face of Oor Wullie all around Dundee?
Over the weekend 55 colourful statues of Scotland’s favourite rascal were placed around the City of Discovery ahead of the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail launch today.
The Wullie’s will be out there for the public to find and snap selfies with until Saturday August 27.
Each statue has its own unique design created by local and international artists. Some celebrate recent world events including a Tim Peake inspired Astro Wullie and a David Bowie inspired Oor Bowie, in memory of the pop star who passed away earlier this year.
Others recognise Scotland’s heritage, including a Tunnock’s Tea Cake inspired design.
See some more of the designs here:
When the trail concludes, the sculptures will be sold at an auction in Dundee, with all proceeds going to The ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.
It’s hoped the ‘one-of-a-kind’ event will bring folk from far and wide to Dundee. Despite only being placed a couple of days ago, the new additions to the city have already proved very popular with folk taking pictures of the colourful Wullies.
— Mike Sedakat (@MikeSedakat) June 26, 2016
Cassie Thompson, Head of Fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation, said: “As organisers, we are very proud and excited to see Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail arrive in Dundee today.
“An incredible amount of work has gone into this project, which is all to help raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal. The support from the businesses and community organisations who have sponsored sculptures, to the local schools who have embraced the project decorating their own miniature Oor Wullie sculptures has been amazing.
— Jennifer Sharp (@jenthemama) June 26, 2016
“This is a truly one-of-a-kind event that we expect will bring thousands of visitors to Dundee over the next ten weeks to explore the city, seek out the individual Oor Wullie sculptures spread across the area and pose for selfies on Oor Wullie’s trusty bucket.”
The official Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail app will be available from Monday and members of the public can begin following the trail, collecting sculpture sightings on their travels and taking selfies with the mischievous champ along the way.
A group of Oor Wullie sculptures will also be taking part in a national tour in association with Scotrail. More details about the national tour will follow in the coming weeks.