Primary, secondary and special schools across Lincolnshire have been busy designing and decorating a series of quirky and colourful knight sculptures – and they’re now ready to make up a unique education trail across Lincoln.
The 45 half-size Lincoln Knights’ Education Trail sculptures were unveiled on the evening of Tuesday, June 13 to more than 100 special guests.
Running alongside the Lincoln Knights’ Trail, which features 36 life-sized knights in positions around the city, the education knights will be prepared for a special appearance at the Lincolnshire Show next week before moving to eight displays in the city centre.
A reunion event will take place at Waterside Shopping Centre from September 5-27 before being returned to the schools.
The project adds to a host of celebrations associated with the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln.
Official education partner of the Lincoln Knights Trail The EBP has been working in partnership with Lincoln BIG and Wild in Art to sign up 45 schools to the unique creative arts project.
All participating schools have designed their own sculptures and have worked with the EBP’s education specialists and Wild in Art. The project has featured lesson plans and curriculum links to a host of subjects.
Elaine Lilley, Chief Executive of The EBP, said: “At The EBP we are committed to developing the skills of young people throughout the country so when an opportunity arose to be the education partner for a major event taking place in our home town we saw the opportunity to work with thousands of students to encourage their creativity and connection to the world that they live in today.
“We’ve been blown away by the sculptures and can’t wait to unveil them to the general public and showcase what our amazing schools have been working on.”
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan added: “As organisers of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail, we are delighted to have had the exciting opportunity to work closely with The EBP.
“The Lincoln Knights’ Trail, which saw 36 full-sized Knights installed around the city on May 20, is already proving a huge attraction for local people and visitors and we are confident that there will be an even bigger buzz when their “junior cousins” arrive in the city centre.”
The EBP also thanked sponsors Waterside Shopping Centre and Siemens, with Ruddocks also providing support.