The first wave of Oor Wullie statues preparing to take Scotland by storm have rolled off the production line.
Designers will be given the chance to put their flourishes on 150 bucket trail statues of the country’s favourite son, with the first 48 arriving in Dundee yesterday.
The Big Bucket Trail team is on the lookout for Scotland’s best and brightest artists to submit their designs, which can be handed in right up until the end of the month.
In spring, the sponsors and artists will be paired up when the designs will then be put on to the statues.
They will then go on a countrywide tour across five cities in June, with farewell events and auctions in each city in September.
Sarah Johnston, the ARCHIE Foundation’s regional fundraising manager, said: “The Oor Wullies arriving in Dundee takes us one step closer to having this fantastic public art trail out on the streets of Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
“But before these fabulous Oor Wullies hit the streets, they need artists and sponsors.
“We encourage businesses, organisations and artists to get in touch and be involved in this groundbreaking and worthwhile campaign.”
Supported by Oor Wullie custodians, DC Thomson Media, the trail will raise money for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, the ARCHIE Foundation and Glasgow Children’s Hospital.
Artists have until January 31 to put forward proposals and submissions cane be made online at www.oorwullie.com.