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Thought that the Shaun the Sheeps were the only London pop-up sculpture trail that you were getting this summer? Well the sheep may be gone now, but in their place there are 21 helix sculptures, each painted by a different artist, including celebrities Al Weiwei (on Brompton Road) or Zara Hadid (at Somerset House). This is the Cancer Research UK London Art Trail, or DNA Trail, and it precedes an auction of the sculptures which will raise funds for the Francis Crick Institute, has an accompanying map that we show here. The map is based on data from the OpenStreetMap project (alas uncredited) and uses a purple and pink colour palette, matching the theme of the trail’s commissioner, Cancer Research UK. The cartography is crisp and clear, containing the all-important tube station locations and River Thames that both act as London’s default landmarks. It has just enough detail to allow you to pinpoint the locations of the sculptures, which are spread fairly evenly between South Kensington and St Paul’s – a long afternoon’s stroll might get you them all then!

Thanks to the Cancer Research UK Press Office for letting us know about the trail. Map contains OpenStreetMap data which is Copyright OpenStreetMap contributors. Photo credit: Adrian Brooks/Imagewise.

DNA Trail


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