The trail is a mischievous twist on the tale of our city’s infamous outlaw, Robin Hood, who outwitted his arch-enemy the Sheriff of Nottingham by feats of camouflage and cunning. Now one of the 33 unique robin sculptures on this summer’s trail will appear in the ultimate disguise – as the Sheriff himself.
The bird-like depiction of the Sheriff has been designed and painted by Jodie Silverman, the Manchester-based artist who also created the original Robin Hood version of the Hoodwinked sculpture. The Sheriff will stand guard outside Nottingham Castle throughout the trail, from 7 July to 30 September.
Robin Hood will have to wait until 2020 until he can get back into the Castle as the site closes from 2 July for the £30m transformation project.
The present-day Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Catharine Arnold, said:
“People across the world know of Robin Hood’s mischievous and daring exploits to outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham. This summer they will both be back on the streets of Nottingham once again – but as we have never seen them before. Let the best man win!”
Thanks to National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £13.9million to Nottingham City Council for the Castle Transformation Project.
Jonathan Platt, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said:
“Using the legend of Robin Hood and the Sheriff is a wonderful way to keep the Castle in people’s minds as the site closes down for the exciting and important transformation project. We look forward to working closely with Nottingham City Council as they deliver dramatic changes to the visitor experience at the Castle before it reopens in a couple of years’ time.”
Hoodwinked is led by Nottingham City Council in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of spectacular free public art events in the UK and beyond through the creation of uniquely-painted sculptures.
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