Norwich GoGoDragon! celebrates girl power

Artist Darren Smith, and his daughter Lola-Belle, 8, with his GoGoDragon!, The Dragon with the Girl

Artist Darren Smith, and his daughter Lola-Belle, 8, with his GoGoDragon!, The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo, covered in tattoos of well known Norfolk women. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

From Black Beauty author Anna Sewell to First World War heroine Edith Cavell, an array of famous women linked to our city and county are celebrated on one of Norwich's GoGoDragons! Eighty-four decorated dragons are currently dotted around the city as part of a charity art trail brought to Norwich by children's charity Break and Wild in Art.

One of the tattoos representing well known Norfolk women by artist Darren Smith on the GoGoDragon!,

One of the tattoos representing well known Norfolk women by artist Darren Smith on the GoGoDragon!, The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo. Delia Smith. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Dragon with the Girl Tattoo - a play on the name of the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - currently stands on the mound of Norwich Castle and has been created by Norwich-based artist Darren Smith and sponsored by Green Home Energy Solutions.

The bright green dragon is adorned with about 15 tattoos dedicated to everyone from Boudicca, queen of the Iceni tribe, to celebrity chef Delia Smith to television presenter Myleene Klass.

Mr Smith, 44, said: 'We started with the idea of tattoos, the name of the dragon came next, and then we thought it would be great to choose famous women linked to Norfolk and design an individual tattoo for each of them.'

He said the Delia Smith tattoo - complete with a wooden spoon and a reference to Norwich City Football Club - was the first design he created, and it took him about 80 hours to complete the whole dragon.

One of the tattoos representing well known Norfolk women by artist Darren Smith on the GoGoDragon!,

One of the tattoos representing well known Norfolk women by artist Darren Smith on the GoGoDragon!, The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo. Boudicca. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

'The dragon celebrates women linked to Norfolk in a fun and colourful way,' he said.

The GoGoDragons! trail runs until Saturday. There will also be a 'last chance to see' event at The Forum in Norwich from September 27 to 30.

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The dragons will then go under the hammer at a charity auction at The Forum on October 1.

For more about GoGoDragons! visit www.edp24.co.uk/gogodragons and www.gogodragons.co.uk

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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