Our competition winner’s delight at meeting her GoGoHare namesake
PUBLISHED: 15:30 26 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:48 27 April 2018
When schoolgirl Holly McKenna won our competition to design the EDP and Evening News GoGoHare, little did she know that she and her favourite toy Bubbles would also become part of the decoration.
But this week 11-year-old Holly was delighted to meet Holly Hare - the finished sculpture which was inspired by her design featuring Norwich Castle and other landmarks, and which has been adapted by artist Paul Jackson who has hidden miniature versions of Holly within the city scenes.
The sculpture is one of 50 hares that will be dotted around Norwich this summer for the GoGoHares trail being led by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art.
Holly, who goes to Lyng Church of England Primary School, described Holly Hare as “amazing” when she saw the completed work of art for the first time at the EDP and Evening News’ Norwich office.
“I think it’s amazing and I like the way Paul has hidden a load of mini-mes around the hare,” she said.
“I also hope people will find the secret I’ve written on the hare.”
Mr Jackson, 65, painted Holly Hare in his Cromer studio and said he decided to add a “Where’s Holly” element to link the city scenes together.
“We thought let’s have a ‘Where’s Holly?’ and hide her in those places, and then the next idea, as lots of people will find if they find the hare, is that Holly is drawn full size on the back of the hare painting her own canvas.”
Mr Jackson has added lots of other intricate details on Holly Hare for GoGo fans have fun spotting, and Holly Hare also has another surprise which will be revealed at a later date.
All the finished GoGoHares sculptures are now gathered at a secret location ready for the start of the trail on June 24.
The GoGoHares project is part of Break’s 50th anniversary celebrations and, as well as the trail featuring 50 hare sculptures dotted around Norwich, there will also be 18 more hares to find in the wider county.
There will also be a second Norwich trail of leaping leveret sculptures decorated by schools and community groups.
For more about GoGoHares, visit www.gogohares.co.uk
Find out more about Holly Hare’s adventures during the GoGoHares trail by following @GoGoHollyHare on Twitter.