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Throughout August, Thurnscoe Big Local have organised a ‘Go Wild In Thurnscoe’ sculpture trail where children have to find 9 animal sculptures in key locations.

As part of this community event and as part of Dearne Community Arts’ Festival’s aim of ‘championing creativity and celebrating community’, a number of people were involved in the decoupage decoration of a sun bear sculpture (named Vincent, after we drew suggested names from a box, in passing homage to the artist Van Gogh, whose ‘Sunflowers’ provided an apt decoration since a sun bear’s chest is yellow-coloured!)

The other sculptures have been painted, but we decided to use decoupage (sticking random bits of paper onto the bear seemed to be within our capabilities!) and in order to celebrate the arts, we used famous paintings, sheet music and other colourful paper to decorate the bear. He even ended up with a Union Jack neckerchief!

We started outdoors at the ‘Love Your Park’ event in Thurnscoe, but heavy rain meant we had to carry on indoors after the event was called off because of the weather.

Vincent still needs his eyes and mouth finishing off and varnishing, but he will then be ready to join the other animals in the sculpture trail and will be on display at the Dearne Community Arts’ Festival on 28th September at Astrea Academy Dearne.