Superman-inspired ape wins our design a gorilla competition

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a Super-gorilla!

From the Daily Planet to the Norwich Evening News and EDP – Clark Kent and his superhero alter-ego were the inspiration for the winner of our competition to design a gorilla sculpture for a city exhibition next summer. The Go Go Gorillas! trail will see an estimated 50 specially-designed gorillas displayed in Norwich to raise funds for the children and young people's charity Break and the wildlife protection group Born Free Foundation.

And reader Sally Adams's idea for a Superman-themed gorilla is among the designs that will feature in the trail after she was chosen as the winner of our competition which had more than 200 entries.

'I can't believe I have won. I'm really happy.' said 49-year-old Sally, a fine art graduate from Kirby Bedon, near Norwich, who spent about two hours creating her design. 'The gorilla made me think of the 'missing link' between man and ape, and the Evening News and EDP makes me think of roving reporter Clark Kent, the alter-ego of Superman, so I linked them all up just as the Evening News and EDP is inseparably linked to Norwich!'

Sally has been involved with art projects nearly all her life, and between 1991 and 1994 studied at what is now Norwich University College of the Arts. She graduated with a fine arts sculpture degree and also has an NVQ level three in arts development and teaching and a National Diploma in art and design. Martin Green, Break fundraising officer and manager of the Go Go Gorillas! project for the charity, said: 'Sally's design is amazing. It's really creative and connects well with the Norwich Evening News and EDP.

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'The Evening News and EDP made a good choice in choosing the winning design – it will look fantastic on the gorilla.'

Artist Jenny Leonard, 29 and from Norwich, will recreate Sally's design on one of the gorilla sculptures.

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From today until January 14 people will be able to watch some of the artists decorating the gorilla sculptures at work in Norwich's Castle Mall.

About 25 organisations have so far so far signed-up to sponsor a gorilla for the trail but there is still time for other organisations to get involved. Break hope there will be about 50 gorillas in the trail next summer. For more information visit

Are you involved in a new art project in the city? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email

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