Wild in Art brought a second sculpture trail to Christchurch in 2020. In partnership with Presenting Partner, Harcourts and with the support of many other sponsors and funders, Pop Up Penguins gave residents and visitors a fresh opportunity to discover and delight in all that makes Ōtautahi special.

The public art trail included 50 large penguin sculptures, sponsored by companies and decorated by established and emerging artists, along with 65 little penguins, decorated by schools as part of the Pop Up Penguins Learning Programme.

All decorated penguins were displayed across Christchurch on a public art trail that celebrated all the unique parts of our city. The little penguins were displayed in waddles in indoor locations across the city.

The penguins highlighted themes like climate change, community, Antarctica, creativity, innovation and exploration.

After nine weeks, out and about in Christchurch, the street sized penguins were auctioned to raise money for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.



We were delighted that the sale of the much-loved penguins in February 2021, raised just over $1 million.


Wild in Art Learning Programmes give schools their own sculpture to decorate, learning as they create their designs.


Wild in Art trails showcase a diverse range of talents and skills from established and emerging artists.


After the public art trail is over, sculptures are sold to raise money for charities. Find out about the recipient charity of Pop Up Penguins.

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