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First it was lions in Bath, then gorillas in Bristol, now Wells is getting something more regal. The city will be home to 60 five foot tall swan sculptures this summer to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The giant flock of decorated swans will be displayed in public locations in and around Wells from June to September. The fibreglass sculptures will be sponsored by local and regional businesses, organisations and community groups and transformed into stunning works of art by a team of artists.
After a summer on the streets, the swans will be gathered together one last time in early October for a final 'swansong' as they are auctioned off to raise money for local charities.
The Mayor of Wells, Danny Unwin said; "Having seen the success of the Lions of Bath and the Gorillas in Bristol, it seemed a wonderful opportunity to put Wells on the map and enhance everyone's experience of our historic city, offering new perspectives and memorable photographic moments for residents and visitors alike. We chose the swan because it is a beautiful creature and mirrors our real life resident swans which have been gracing the moat at The Bishop's Palace for hundreds of years."
Organisers still want to hear from more Westcountry companies and artists who want to sponsor or decorate a swan. You can get in touch via their website