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Supporting Wallabies Gone Wild ‘Wild in Art’ Trail Isle of Man

Artist Barbara Barker (centre) with Joanne Gallagher, Dandara marketing executive
Artist Barbara Barker (centre) with Joanne Gallagher, Dandara marketing executive

We are excited to collaborate with Hospice Isle of Man on the Wallabies Gone Wild ‘Wild in Art’ trail.

We have sponsored ‘Wallaby in the Jungle’, which features a colourful array of tropical flowers and foliage and also includes some hidden surprises.

The intricate hand-painted sculpture was designed and painted by local artist and mural specialist Barbara Barker, and we were keen to work with Barbara again after she created the Dandara-sponsored, ‘Mona With a View’ in the 2003 Isle of Man Cow Parade.

Inhabiting Port Erin Promenade - with the Island’s southern coast providing a stunning backdrop – ‘Wallaby in the Jungle’ can be seen until 1st September 2019, before re-joining the other wallabies for a farewell event.

At the end of the trail, there will be an opportunity to bid for ‘Wallaby in the Jungle’ and all other sculptures in a send-off auction, with the chance to give them a ‘forever home’.

Wallaby in the Jungle - Port Erin, Isle of Man
Wallaby in the Jungle - Port Erin, Isle of Man

Bringing People and Families Together

The Wallabies Gone Wild trail was launched on Friday 24th May, with a mob of 26 large and 38 smaller wallabies popping up in various locations around the Island. In addition to raising funds and awareness for Hospice Isle of Man, it is hoped the event will bring people and families together by encouraging them to get outside, explore the Island and discover the wallaby trail.

Dandara Managing Director Seamus Nugent said:

Wild in Art is well-known for its success in mass-participation public art events, which bring together communities across the world. We have no doubt that the Wallabies Gone Wild trail will be a huge success and look forward to seeing how it progresses and grows in popularity over the summer months.

Barbara is a talented local artist and, following our partnership in the 2003 cow parade, we are delighted we could collaborate on the Wallabies Gone Wild trail. As expected, ‘Wallaby in the Jungle’ is beautifully designed and looks fantastic in situ on Port Erin Promenade. We’re sure it will create lots of attention and hope Island residents enjoy its stay.

Hospice Isle of Man plays such an important role in the Island’s community; with so many of us having been touched by the work it does at some point in our lives. That’s why we were keen to get involved in the initiative and help the charity to generate some much-needed funds.

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