It’s been all systems go in preparation for LOROS Hospice’s flagship fundraising event, Rocket Round Leicester. Talented artists from Leicestershire and beyond have been busy transforming giant Rocket sculptures into incredible works of art for display this summer.
These star-studded sculptures will create Leicester’s biggest ever public art event as they form a trail across the city’s streets and open spaces for 10 weeks of adventure. LOROS Hospice have partnered with leading art event producers Wild in Art to bring Rocket Round Leicester to the city and raise crucial funds for LOROS.
The city-wide trail will contribute towards delivering care services to the hospice’s patients and their families’ at the most difficult time of their lives. The much-loved local charity largely relies on the generosity of the community to fund the care provided.
With the trail launching on Monday 19th July 2021, the sculptures are currently being brought to life from a completely blank canvas. With each stroke of paint and every intricate dab of detail, the almost 8-foot Rocket sculptures are one step closer to lift off.
At the dedicated painting space in Leicester, local artist Anita Argent is thrilled to be part of Rocket Round Leicester and cannot wait to see the public’s reaction to all of the sculptures.
“It’s wonderful to be able to assist LOROS in raising funds for their vital work. With so many events being cancelled within the last year, it’s fantastic to have a local public art event to look forward to. It’s even more exciting when you are one of the contributing artists!
“For my Rocket design, I took inspiration from Leicester itself, using the distinct characteristics of its built environment to represent the diverse spectrum of people who inhabit it.”
Complying with social distancing measures, artists are currently sharing the painting space in limited numbers. Rocket Round Leicester artist Megan Evans, says, “Working in the painting space was great and it was so lovely to be back to ‘normal’ working with other artists around me.
“For the past year I’ve been working mainly in my home studio and you forget how invaluable having other creatives around you is. Seeing the sculptures coming to life makes you look forward to the summer and get excited to get out there and start visiting sculpture trails again!”
Anita and Megan’s Rocket sculptures have been sponsored by Leicester City Council and Upton Steel respectively.
With all 40 Rocket sculpture designs kept top secret until the trail is live, Rocket Round Leicester have shared a sneak peek of Anita’s and Megan’s designs.
At the end of the event, each sculpture will be auctioned to raise money for LOROS Hospice to allow them to continue to care for over 2,500 terminally ill people every year.
There are still a handful of Sponsorship packages available for local organisations to sponsor their very own Rocket sculpture.
Schools, colleges and community groups can also join the fun by signing up to the Rocket Round Leicester Learning Programme. As part of the programme, they’ll experience the unique opportunity to decorate their own Junior Jet, a miniature version of the Rocket sculptures, to stand proudly on their own trail.
To find out more about the Rocket Round Leicester trail, follow @RocketRoundLeicester across social media for more exciting previews before blast off!
Photograph: Anita Argent