Visitors to Crowngate shopping centre in Worcester can now sneak a peek while artists paint giraffe sculptures for a major public art event.

From Monday, 16th April to Friday, 11th May, a unit between JoJo Maman Bébé and Debenhams in Crowngate will be transformed into a painting space for some of the artists chosen to take part in Worcester Stands Tall.

Worcester Stands Tall will see 30, 8ft tall giraffe sculptures stand through the streets and open spaces of the city for 10-weeks, forming an interactive public art trail.

Today, passersby will be able to glimpse through the window to spot sections of the sculptures as they are covered in beautiful artwork – ready for the trail this summer.

Among the 11 artists painting in the public space is Bromsgrove-based artist Marnie Maurri, who said: “I really am super-excited and I have been since I got the call that my design had been chosen – I screeched down the phone!

“I’m so excited to meet some of the other artists, get painting and bring my giraffe to life. I just can't wait to start!”

Worcester Stands Tall is a Wild in Art project, brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice.

Once the trail has ended, the large sculptures will be auctioned this October to raise money for the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal.

The appeal aims to raise the final £1.4m needed to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.