GIANT giraffe sculptures are going to be set up in the city's streets and green areas as part of an art event.

The Worcester Stands Tall concept has been billed as the largest mass participation art event in the city's history.

The 2.5-metre tall giraffes will be dotted around the city's streets, parks and open spaces for 10 weeks next summer.

St Richard's Hospice has recruited the creative group, Wild in Art, to set up over 25 of the sculptures in Worcester.

The project was launched at Worcester Guildhall today and models of the giraffes were on display outside the building.

Tricia Cavell, fundraising director for St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We’re really excited at the thought of majestic giraffes set against Worcester’s iconic backdrop, standing tall alongside us to bring colour and vibrancy to the city.

“Worcester Stands Tall will be an amazing adventure and is hugely important to St Richard’s Hospice.

"Not only will it inspire civic pride and conversation and give people an opportunity to get active on a free and fun day out, but we also hope to raise a significant sum towards the compassionate care and support we give to thousands of people each year."

She added that the giant giraffes will be joined by at least 25 baby giraffe sculptures designed by local school children.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, director of Wild in Art, said: "The sculpture has been purposefully designed to act as a 3D canvas for artists, communities and young people to bring to life.

“We are so excited to help deliver an event that will bring art to the streets and public spaces across Worcester and encourage thousands of people to enjoy the wonderful world of technicolour and creativity.

“Sponsorship packages are still available and we hope the city’s industries and businesses together with its cultural providers will recognise the benefits of getting involved as well as the positives for the local community and the hospice.”

Worcestershire Ambassadors, a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting the county, helped to fund the initiative.

A spokesman for St Richard’s Hospice said local artists will be able to submit their designs for the giraffes in the future.

Wild in Art has also created previous public art events such as The Big Hoot, in Birmingham, and GoGoGorillas, in Norwich.