Artists get to work bringing Lincoln Knights’ Trail sculptures to life

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Painting has finally begun on 35 life-sized knight sculptures in preparation for the Lincoln Knights’ Trail this summer.

Chosen artists have now received their knight figures at locations across the city. They will each be hand painted before being distributed around the city for the trail between May 30 and September 3.

As previously reported, The Lincoln Knights’ Trail will create an exciting arts attraction and treasure trail, with hand-designed figures linking iconic and secret city locations.

Emma McKinlay, who is painting ‘The Guardian of the Forest’, sponsored by Investors in Lincoln, has said her inspiration for her design has come from tapestries by artist Edward Burnt-Jones.

Emma, who is currently recovering from a stem cell transplant and lives with her family in Lincolnshire, told The Lincolnite: “My knight is called the Guardian of the Forest and she is going to quite a traditional looking knight in her armour.

“Her horse is going to have a mane of brambles, leaves and grass and it will have lots of flowers and foliage coming up its legs.

“Nature has been a theme.

“I’ve not really painted anything like this before so I have made sure I made a start on it as soon as possible.”

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