Meet ‘Termerilla’, Aylsham High School’s contribution to the Norwich GoGoGorillas trail

Wildlife and GoGoGorilla artist, Phil Daniels (centre) gives a helping hand to the students at Aylsh

Wildlife and GoGoGorilla artist, Phil Daniels (centre) gives a helping hand to the students at Aylsham High School with their mini gorilla.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Meet Termerilla, the half-Terminator, half-gorilla creation of a group of Aylsham High School students.

Wildlife and GoGoGorilla artist, Phil Daniels gives a helping hand to the students at Aylsham High S

Wildlife and GoGoGorilla artist, Phil Daniels gives a helping hand to the students at Aylsham High School with their mini gorilla 'Termerilla', pictured.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Termerilla, pictured with two of his larger cousins, will be taking his place next month on the GoGoGorillas trail through Norwich where he will be among 60 smaller apes, decorated by schools across the county, spending the summer in shops and other businesses throughout the city.

Wildlife and GoGoGorilla artist, Phil Daniels gives a helping hand to the students at Aylsham High S

Wildlife and GoGoGorilla artist, Phil Daniels gives a helping hand to the students at Aylsham High School with their mini gorilla 'Termerilla', pictured.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

There will also be 53 large decorated gorillas placed in strategic parts of Norwich for people to visit and admire as they did in their thousands five years ago when the city was peppered with decorated elephants.

Termerilla was the result of brainstorming sessions by an after-school art club at the school, run by year 11 pupils Kane Gilbert and Maddie Groom with help from head of art Helen Homewood and teacher Liz Porter.

They were all given expert help from wildlife artist Phil Daniels, whose Maverick Gallery is based in nearby Cawston.


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The children's thought processes travelled from Planet of the Apes, to the phrase GoGoGadgets and combined the two to end up with the sci-fi film classic The Terminator, about an artificially-intelligent killing machine in human form, according to Miss Homewood.

Pupils had great fun taking old computers and cameras apart, stripping out the components, and then matching them as closely as possible to photographs of the gorilla's body parts.

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While part of their creation is a machine, the other sports gorilla fir, created from raked black plaster of Paris.

'They've really enjoyed it,' said Miss Homewood. 'The richness that it's given the children has been great, and the fact that they are part of something much bigger - they all want to be a part of it and go and find their gorilla on the trail.'

Mr Daniels is currently working on his sixth large gorilla, A Yeoman of the Guard, for the trail.

His others include Horatio, a lifelike gorilla, and footballing ape Referilla.

The trail opens on June 24 until September 7. The smaller gorillas go on show from June 28.

Trail maps will be available nearer the time at venues throughout the city and smart phone users will be able to download a trail app.

The large gorillas will be auctioned at The Forum, in Norwich, on October 3 with proceeds shared between The Born Free Foundation, which champions the interests of wildlife, and the Sheringham-based charity Break, which supports children, young people and families across East Anglia.

But the small gorillas will not be sold and so, in keeping with the famous catchphrase 'I'll be back,' used by the Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Termerilla will be returning to the high school after his summer in the city.

? Follow Termerilla's progress on Twitter: @AHS_Art

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