So, what’s it all about?

Keech Hospice Care, and our Project Presenting Partners Love Luton are no strangers to the iconic Wild In Art trails (remember The Big Trunk Trail in 2021?) and this one is set to be bigger, better and brighter!

In summer 2024, 90 hares and tortoises will form the biggest and most unique outdoor public art event Luton’s ever seen. These stunning sculptures will shine bright along the fun and family-friendly art trail around Luton’s town centre and local parks, bringing together the community for an unforgettable event.

The Short Tail Trail will bring together communities and visitors to make amazing memories through creativity. Trail explorers young and old will have fun rediscovering Luton, learning about the artwork and spending time together.

30 large sculptures, each sponsored by a local businesses or organisation will be individually designed by an artist. Our small sculptures will each be adopted and designed by a local school, college or community groups.

#HopOnBoard, get outdoors, walk more and #TakeAShelfie. Share your stories on social media via @shorttailtrail and download The Short Tail Trail app (coming soon!) for even more fun!

  • On Saturday 6 July 2024 all the sculptures will parade into Luton – before leaving on Thursday 12 September 2024.
  • You’ll be able to #TakeAShelfie and see your favourite sculptures one last time at a final farewell weekend from 27 September – 29 September 2024. 
  • The legacy of The Short Tail Trail will continue when the large sculptures are auctioned on Thursday 3 October 2024 to raise vital funds for Keech Hospice Care.

Why short tails?

After the huge success of The Big Trunk Trail, we considered long and hard about what animals would once again bring our community together.

The Tortoise and the Hare fable is a much loved and well known story that depicts the importance of working together. The tortoise symbolises longevity and the ability to thrive, which depicts our heritage, our resilience and our approach to the work we do. The hares symbolise nature, love and family but are also associated with new beginnings. We see the hares representing the community as they are the ones that will ignite ‘change’; whether that’s through us listening to our supporters’ views to make change, or a nod to the change that takes place when patients and their loved ones access our care.

As a charity, 70% of Keech Hospice Care’s funding comes from its local community and supporters, without who we can’t keep making the difference when it matters the most. These beautiful hares and tortoises are a visual reminder of the importance of our community coming together to make the difference.

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