THE largest public art trail ever seen in Scotland – Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail – has officially landed in Barrhead.

More than 200 sculptures are being placed across Scotland in five main host cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness – with Barrhead joining in on the fun, thanks to local Business Improvement District (BID), All About Barrhead.

Hot on the heels of another sell-out Barrhead Rainbow Run on Saturday, the BID team were on hand to oversee the installation of two stunning 5ft-plus sculptures in the town late on Sunday.

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A brightly shining gold-dipped sculpture can be found outside Barrhead train station, welcoming people to the town, with the second sculpture, named ‘Buzzin’, located near Allan’s Corner roundabout, at the top of Cross Arthurlie Street.

Buzzin’ was designed and painted by local artist, Bronwyn Gilgallon, to encourage people to “save the bees” and put their plight into the spotlight through a bright and colourful design packed full of tiny details and fun surprises.

Bronwyn said: “I was born with a language disorder that left me unable to speak until I was around six years old, so I found a way of communicating through drawing.”

In addition to the BIG Bucket Trail, All About Barrhead will be creating the ‘Oor Wullie Wee Book Trail’ in the town, with classic Oor Wullie annuals hidden in shops and businesses throughout Barrhead.

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Maps for the ‘Wee trail’ will be available from a number of participating businesses, including the Foundry on Main Street – which is where the first 200 people to complete the trail map can pick up a copy of the latest Oor Wullie annual as a special prize. 

BID manager Andy Dunlop said: “We want visitors to explore everything the town has to offer, so we’re looking to capitalize on the popularity of the BIG Bucket Trail.

“Barrhead has a wealth of great independent businesses in addition to a fantastic community spirit that we want to shout about – so hopefully this trail will get people noticing parts of the town they’ve maybe never ventured to before.”

Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail will run until August 31, with themed weeks encouraging visitors to collect as many of the sculptures as they can with the smartphone app.

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