On Sunday I decided to go and photograph as many of the Hoodwinked: A Twist in the Tale art trail figures as I could; there are 33 in total and I managed around 25 or so before deciding that at 28C it was getting a bit too hot for me to comfortably continue walking around the city centre so I’ll pick up the ones I’m missing in the next few weeks. The trail of colourful robins is here until September when they will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Nottinghamshire Hospice – they are also raising funds through the official app, and apparently a souvenir guide which I haven’t seen yet but intend to purchase when I’m next near the Tourist Centre. Each design is really well done and represents a certain aspect of Nottingham that will be fun for locals and hopefully entertaining for visitors. The idea is that Robin has donned all these different disguises in order to outwit the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham (below, painted in a homage to Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham).
If my first day of tracking them down was anything to go by they are going to be massively popular. There were people at each one taking photos and talking about them, all of different ages, locals and tourists alike – in fact I found myself helping several non-residents navigate their way around the city – the robin outside Hart’s restaurant is proving quite tricky to find if you’re not local! They are all guaranteed to put a smile on your face and don’t just pay attention to the front, the back and sides have lovely details on them as well.