Derby - The Ram Trail (1 - 10)
w/e 06 June 2021
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
In the early days of the Ilkeston Cam website I included
a page all about the Derby Ram (link). Now getting on for 20 years later,
30 more rams have flocked into Derby and can be found all around
the city centre. They arrived at the end of May and will be rounded
up after August 22nd to be auctioned off to raise money for Derby
Museums. All have been sponsored by local companies, organisations
and charities and decorated by different artists. The Ram Trail
is a "Wild In Art" event and more details can be found
The images below are the first ten on the Trail and all have
settled in the Cathedral Quarter of Derby.
Although this is not one of the new rams, it is a good starting
point being the original "Derby Ram" stone sculpture
by Michael Pegler that arrived in the city 25 years ago that
has been the inspiration for the Ram Trail. Tony Butler, Executive
Director of Derby Museums says that the Trail's legacy will help
future generations to enjoy and appreciate their cultural heritage
The first ram on the Trail can be found outside the Museum and
Art Gallery at the end of The Strand. It is called "Rantastic"
and was designed by Mr. A Singh and sponsored by Generation Next.
Looking very Egyptian and sponsored by Bloc Creative, "Rameses"
decorated by Judith Berril stands at the crossroads of Friar
Gate with Stafford Street and Ford Street.
Rams 3 and 4 have both taken up residence in the walkway next
to the Willow Sports Centre where Pip Claffey of Rune-Creative's
rather lengthily named "Herding together to RAMp up quality"
contribution was sponsored by Van Elle.
Nearby and garnering quite a lot of attention whilst we were
there, is Melanie Hubbard's "Football Word Cloud" which
naturally enough was sponsored by Derby County Football Club.
"Mondriram" is not far from the cathedral and is outside
Flint Bishop on Queen Street. Sponsored by Valliant it is decorated
by Tim Sutcliffe.
Two of the rams "Ram Gogh - Starry Night over the Dales"
(left) and "Joe's Rainbow" (right) stand together outside
Jury's Inn. Donna Newman of Eden-Designs is responsible for the
Smith Partnership's sponsored "Ram Gogh" whilst "Joe's
Rainbow was sponsored by Essential Print Services and decorated
by Ella Annetts.
Number 8 on the Trail is on Cathedral Green near the Silk Mill
which has just reopened as the Museum of Making. Sponsored by
Rolls Royce "Derby Industries" is by Sarita Gnaniah
of SATI Designs.
The Silk Mill can be seen here in the background but standing
on the shady side of the Bonny Prince statue is "Secret
R.A.M." by Jess Rerrin. Its sponsor was the Pektron Group
The final one in this selection is also at the Bonny Prince statue
but on the sunny side. Complete with parrot, "Pirate Sheepmate"
is Reilly Creative's design sponsored by the SENAD Group.
That's the first 10 on the Trail and we retuned to see more of
the Ram Trail later - see here for
no. 11 to 20.