Photo gallery: Special preview of gorilla sculptures for Norwich art trail

The newly unveiled Norfolk FA GoGoGorilla, designed as a ref by artists Phil Daniels, back, and Mik Richardson, right, with Shaun Turner CEO Norfolk FA. Picture: Denise Bradley The newly unveiled Norfolk FA GoGoGorilla, designed as a ref by artists Phil Daniels, back, and Mik Richardson, right, with Shaun Turner CEO Norfolk FA. Picture: Denise Bradley

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
11:49 AM

There was lots of “ape expectations” for a special art trail heading to the city as people were given a sneak peak of some of the gorilla sculptures that will form part of the trail.

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Owen Morgan, left, executive pastor of the Proclaimers at The Space with their sponsored GoGoGorilla called Poppyland Hero and designed by artist Derek Blois. Picture: Denise BradleyOwen Morgan, left, executive pastor of the Proclaimers at The Space with their sponsored GoGoGorilla called Poppyland Hero and designed by artist Derek Blois. Picture: Denise Bradley

The troop of gorillas are heading to the streets of Norwich this summer for the GoGoGorillas! project organised by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art.

The aim is to create art for everyone to enjoy while raising funds and awareness for Break and the Born Free Foundation.

At The Space, in Norwich, on Tuesday people were able to find out more about the project and how they can sponsor a gorilla.

Some colourful and creative finished gorilla sculptures were on display, and sponsors were also able to browse an exhibition of other potential designs by artists they could pick to decorate their gorilla.

Break fundraising officer Martin Green said: “There are so many amazing designs - it’s fantastic.

“The event was an opportunity to showcase what the project is all about and also give sponsors the chance to see all of the designs they can choose from for their gorilla.

“We are up to 39 sponsors and there is still time for more sponsors to get involved.

“The elephant trail around Norwich had 52 elephants so our aim is to beat that and have 53 gorillas!”

He added that a gorilla art studio would soon be returning to Castle Mall where shoppers will be able to watch artists decorate some of the gorillas.

At Tuesday’s event Norfolk FA unveiled their gorilla - a referee gorilla designed by artists Mik Richardson, from Aylsham, and Phil Daniels, from Cawston.

Norfolk FA chief executive Shaun Turner said: “I think it is brilliant. The design has really brought the gorilla to life. If it can raise some money for Break and help us promote active lifestyles through refereeing then everyone is a winner.

“It’s going to be on display at our Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe until the trail starts.”

The finished Poppyland Hero gorilla, created by Aylsham-based artist Derek Blois and sponsored by Proclaimers based at The Space, was also on display.

Owen Morgan, Proclaimers’ executive pastor, said: “I think the gorilla has got great character and it is a moving tribute also to people to have or are currently serving in the armed forces.” Norwich-based Copy IT Digital Solutions was among the organisations to chose a design at Tuesday’s event.

They picked the Bradley Wiggins-inspired design by North Walsham artist Martin Wall who was thrilled to have the chance to use his design.

“The Bradley Wiggins gorilla was the design I really wanted to do. I am well chuffed it has been picked. I do like cycling and Bradley Wiggins is such an iconic figure,” he said.

Stuart Secker, sales director at Copy IT, said: “With cycling being so popular at the moment we just think it is a great design and we are really excited about taking part in the trail.”

• To sponsor a gorilla contact Martin Green on 01603 670107 and martin.g@break-charity.org

• Visit www.gogogorillas.co.uk

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