Thursday 2nd October 2014

Paddington Trail Announced

David Beckham, Hugh Bonneville, Darcey Bussell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bear Grylls, Inkie, Boris Johnson, Christopher Kane, Nicole Kidman, Rankin and Emma Watson amongst names set to design exclusive Paddington statues for The Paddington Trail.

VisitLondon.com, the NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL announce the first of the exciting internationally renowned celebrities, designers and artists signed up to THE PADDINGTON TRAIL. The list includes stars of the Paddington film Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw, Hollywood actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Sheen and Emma Watson, director Guy Ritchie, stars of the music world Nick Mason and Frankie Bridge, globally renowned photographer Rankin, leading fashion designers Christopher Kane, Lulu Guinness and Matthew Williamson, painter and street artist Inkie, multi-talented artists Tom Phillips and Hannah Warren and world-famous ex-footballer and underwear designer, David Beckham.

Actor Hugh Bonneville, who stars in the forthcoming Paddington film, which opens in UK Cinemas November 28, is amongst the designers and comments: "Paddington is an explorer - this trail is a wonderful way of bringing this to life and I hope it makes people look at London with fresh eyes. I am delighted to have been asked to design one of the bears and have created an ode to Paddington's favourite preserve.  I can't wait for people to see it."

The star-studded Paddington design team also includes former Royal Ballet principal dancer Darcey Bussell, presenters Davina McCall, Ant McPartlin & Declan Donnelly and Jonathan Ross, explorer and survival expert Bear Grylls, the Chelsea football team, the England rugby union team and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson

The first of the designs were also revealed today: 'Paddington Bear' by Michael Bond, 'Paddington Shakesbear' by Michael Sheen, 'Paddington Sparkles' by Frankie Bridge and 'Paddingtonscape' by artist, Hannah Warren.

Michael Sheen who designed 'Shakesbear Paddington' says: "It is such a privilege to be designing a statue for The Paddington Trail, especially as it is raising money for the NSPCC - a charity I'm proud to support. I am delighted to have been able to create Shakesbear and combine my love of the bear with my passion for the bard!"

These adventurous designers are working on some of the 50 Paddington Bear statues, which will be placed across the capital ahead of the highly anticipated release of PADDINGTON in UK cinemas on 28 November 2014. This exciting and inspiring trail will take in museums, parks, shops and landmarks, all with a colourful, Paddington inspired flavour.  London is Paddington's favourite city: full of adventure and opportunities to explore the wonderful art, culture, innovation and entertainment that are so prominent in the capital.

Visitors will be able to follow in the furry footsteps of the world's favourite Peruvian explorer visiting locations across the capital from as far west as Heathrow through to the O2 in the east, taking in some of London's key cultural and landmark hotspots such as The Royal Opera House, Museum of London, Horse Guards Parade, the Museum of Childhood and, of course, Paddington Station with the trail ending in Selfridges, from 4 November - 30 December 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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