Isla May, an artist and GCSE student, was inspired by the backdrop of beautiful pink and purple Oxford sunsets, and also by Arnold’s iconic fairytale ‘city of dreaming spires’ skyline that rose around the historic Saxon tower of St Michael’s at Northgate. The meandering waves invoke the twilight while also hinting at the river on the Oxfordshire county flag.


After the trail ends, most of the life-sized oxen (and a selection of mini oxen) will be sold at a hoof-biting live auction to raise crucial funds for Sobell House Hospice.

The lucky new owners will then take their moo-gnificent ox to its forever home.

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