'˜Army' of Oor Wullie sculptures unveiled on Dundee streets

An army of more than 50 life-size Oor Wullie sculptures are taking over the streets of Dundee.

One of the sculptures destined for the Oor Wullies Bucket Trail . Picture: Contributed

Each one has been colourfully crafted in stunningly individual style - from Braveheart to Marilyn Monroe.

They were all in place for the launch on Monday of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, raising cash for the ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

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Over the next 10 weeks the city’s streets will be thronged with thousands of visitors making their way round the sculpted sensations.

They can do so with the help of the official Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail app which is available from tomorrow morning, ticking off sites and taking selfies along the way.

Those who fall in love with a favourite can have a bucket buddy for life when they all come up for auction on September 13.

And Scotland’s kids will be the beneficiaries with all the money going to the ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

The aim of the £2 million appeal is to provide two state-of-the-art paediatric operating suites at Ninewells.

The trail is the largest mass-participation public art event ever in the City of Discovery. It has been more than a year in the planning and local and international artists have been hard at work for the past few months.

Some of the sculptures have been created to celebrate public figures who have dominated the news.

There’s a Tim Peake-inspired Astro Wullie - fittingly placed outside Dundee Science Centre - and Oor Bowie, in memory of music icon David who passed away in January.

There’s a wonderfully hand-knitted creation and even a Tunnock’s Teacake-inspired design.

And the comic hero will also be helping sell the nation to the world as ScotSpirit Wullie, VisitScotland’s latest marketing marvel.