The Gold Of Life - The Big Dog Art Trail

Artist: Jane Mota
Jane Mota is a concept and written word artist with a background in Fine Art as a Social Practice and English Literature. She enjoys writing entertaining stories about her travels and creating designs that are unique and related to her background studies in art history. Julia’s House was the inspiration for Jane’s design. ‘The black dog’ was a term that Winston Churchill coined to describe his dark thoughts and feelings. The cracks through the dark surface glisten with gold leaf, symbolising how trauma and sadness can be held together with love and space to feel such difficult feelings, with the support and help from Julia’s House professionals. And for the whole family to see the incredible value of the small but priceless moments and opportunities in the ‘golden’ minutiae of the day.

Sponsor: Old Town Business Association
The Old Town Business Association provides opportunities for business members to sponsor and advertise at events, online and on social media and it provides retail offers like the Friends of Old Town Card scheme for members of the public.



The Gold of Life has been damaged and is in need of some immediate care and attention.

We tried to fix the damage on site but are sad to say that the sculpture has had to be removed from the trail to be properly repaired. You can continue to collect the sculpture and unlock the code on the trail app.

Swindog Auction

After the trail finishes the Swindogs will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Julia’s House, your local children’s hospice charity. If you have sponsored a uniquely designed and decorated big balloon dog sculpture this will be your chance to adopt your Swindog.  Then it can go to its forever home where it can be enjoyed for many years to come!

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