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Pupils’ tasty design wows Pierhead visitors

6 October 2017

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Pupils from Grangetown Primary School have been to Cardiff Bay to see their tasty Snowpup, sponsored by Cardiff University, on display at the Pierhead.

The Grangetown pup ‘Pup Cake’ – created by the pupils themselves with their own cupcake designs - proved to be a big hit.

Snowdogs and Snowpups are part of a spectacular public art trail across Cardiff to raise funds for children’s palliative care charity Tŷ Hafan.

The Grangetown Primary pup design involved 410 pupils under the expert guidance of now retired art teacher Susan Free.

The idea to decorate the pup in cupcakes came from pupil Mahrukh, who said that she liked to eat them!

Grangetown Assistant Head Teacher Nicola Herbert said: “Every child in the school last year played a part in it - it’s all the children’s work.”

Cardiff University sponsored the Grangetown Primary pup because of links with the school through its Community Gateway engagement project.

The school will get to keep Pup Cake once the public art trail finishes later this year.

Cardiff University also has its very own Snowdog outside Main Building, designed by clinical research fellow Dr Gemma Williams, from the School of Psychology.

Various Cardiff University alumni have also designed Snowdogs that can be seen around the city.

The Snowdogs are being placed around Cardiff for 10 weeks before being sold at auction for Tŷ Hafan, which has teamed up with Wild in Art for the project. The local schools and community groups that have designed the smaller Snowpups get to keep them.

The theme of Snowdogs: Tails in Wales is based on the much-loved novel and animated film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, based on characters created by Raymond Briggs.

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