Oxford Brookes University has received a delivery of 135 oxen models which will be part of an art trail in the city.

The oxen will eventually form part of OxTrail, a city-wide art sculpture event, set to be publicly launched on July 6.

The oxen, which are a variety of sizes, are to be spread across Oxford after being decorated by local artists and schools.

The statues were delivered to the University's Harcourt Hill Campus by 30 Squadron team, based at RAF Brize Norton.

Oxford Mail: They were delivered with the help of the RAFThey were delivered with the help of the RAF (Image: Oxford Brookes University)

The team was led by Flight Sergeant Joe Ainsworth, and helped to unload the oxen and prepare them for further travel.

On February 28, the University will host a special event, allowing participants to collect their oxen.

The 30 large oxen will be displayed around the city while the smaller models will be placed in groups at various locations for eight weeks in the summer.

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The sculptures will be auctioned off in early September to raise money for Sobell House Hospice.

In a move encouraging community involvement, OxTrail's learning programme, sponsored by Oxford Brookes, will offer schools a variety of educational resources.

A workshop will also aid in inspiring the ox design creation process.

The OxTrail project, supported by more than 80 schools and community groups, is projected to reach more than 37,500 young people.

For further information, visit the project website.