Gorillas on the Gloucester Road!

The placement of 61 life size gorilla models across Bristol has been well publicised in recent weeks. The arrival of the decorative Wow! Gorillas are part of Bristol Zoo’s 175th Anniversary celebrations! You can take part in the gorilla trail and be pictured with these wonderful characters until September 7th 2011.  See the Bristol Zoo website below to download a map detailing the trail.

The full set of gorillas will then be brought back together for a final exhibition together before being auctioned off to raise valuable funds both for gorilla conservation projects and Bristol charity Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal.

A Bristol Rover inspired gorilla Irene is spending its summer months overlooking the junction at the bottom of the Gloucester Road opposite The Prince of Wales.

As well as the full size sculptures there are numerous smaller but still fantastic gorillas that were given to local schools and charities to be adorned for display. The gorilla pictured top right is happily marking the entrance of local shop Iota, he was created by the pupils of St Bonaventure’s. The colourful gorilla pictured left was painted by the pupils of Ashley Down Infants School and he is proudly sporting the school’s T-shirt and cap! This picture was taken in the local estate agents Be Streets Ahead, staff there told me they have enjoyed having the addition to their office.  It was great to see the local children stop and look at the animal on their way to and from school. This gorilla will also be spending some time at local businesses Horders and Craft Works.

It is a lovely project combining creativity with fundraising and encouraging people to explore our fabulous city.

www.bristolzoo.org.uk/wow-gorillas

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