We’re excited to announce that Mermaid Quay will soon have a paw-some canine addition: HusQuay the Merdog, a 1.5m tall hand-decorated statue of the Raymond Brigg’s inspired Snowdog. HusQuay forms part of the Snowdogs: Tails in Wales public art trail in aid of Tŷ Hafan, Wales’ leading children’s hospice.
A total of 43 Snowdog sculptures will be installed across Cardiff from 16 September to 26 November, encouraging people to get out in the fresh air for walkies, hunt out the Snowdogs take some fetching selfies with the dogs. Plus each dog that is “captured” using the free to download app will unleash special offers to be redeemed at venues local to the dogs.
Snowdogs: Tails in Wales is based on the much-loved Raymond Briggs’ novel and animated film, The Snowman™ & The Snowdog. It’s the story of a little boy who is mourning the death of his pet dog and is comforted when the Snowman and Snowdog he builds mysteriously come to life and take him on a magical adventure. Drawing on themes of dealing with loss and friendship, the Snowdogs relate to the support Tŷ Hafan offers at their hospice in Sully and in communities across Wales.
Tŷ Hafan does everything in its power to make sure that a short life is a full life. The care team works extremely hard to relieve the pressures of 24/7 care from parents so they can spend quality time with their children, creating special memories that last a lifetime. Through Snowdogs: Tails in Wales trail, they aim to get friends, families, local businesses, schools, communities and many others engaged in a fun activity that gets them out in the open air, exploring their city and making their own precious memories along the route that will last a lifetime.
The trail is the largest of its kind ever to be held in the Welsh capital and is being run in collaboration with Wild in Art, one of the leading creative producers of spectacular, public art events.
Keep your ears pricked for news and events about HusQuay the Merdog by following him on Facebook (@HusQuayMerdog), Instagram (@husquaythemerdog) and Twitter (@HusQuayMerdog) during his stay at Mermaid Quay – he’s a sociable pup!