Donkey sculptures are set to swarm Philadelphia this summer leading up to the Democratic National Convention.

57 donkeys representing the 50 states, 5 US territories, Washington D.C., and Democrats Abroad will be on display throughout the city starting July 1st.

28 artists are painting the donkeys with symbols iconic of each of the states and territories.

"Donkeys around Town" is a collaboration between the Philadelphia host committee and local arts organizations.

It's the brainchild of former Gov. Ed Rendell, the host committee chairman. Inspired by a similar project in Erie, Pennsylvania, the donkeys are meant to motivate visitors to explore different parts of the city.

The host committee plans to hold a donkey scavenger hunt via mobile app.

They will be on display at landmarks like the Philadelphia Arts Museum, the Betsy Ross House, and the Clef Club of Jazz.

Program expenses are being shouldered by the host committee and total slightly less than $200,000.

At the end of the summer delegates can take home the donkeys, and any remaining will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the artists.



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