I finally got to Norwich at the weekend and had great fun with my two younger nieces hunting down gorillas! The standard of artwork on some of these gorillas is just amazing, and some of the artists must have spent many hours perfecting their creations. Congratulations to all involved and let’s hope plenty of fun has been had by all the visitors and the charities involved all benefit. The re-painted Freddie is back in place, and although not officially part of the numbered trail, we also found the Alan Partridge Gorilla! One point my nieces were disappointed on, was the lack of small merchandise to commemorate their day, a missing opportunity to raise funds for the charities I think.
If you want to catch these the GoGo Gorillas yourself, you need to be quick as the trail is due to close on 7th September and then the gorillas will be sold at auction.
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to take my then teenage children on a short break to New York, where we had a fantastic time viewing all the iconic sights. However, one of the unexpected pleasures of the trip was discovering decorated ‘Apples’ on various street corners, and side-walks. Spotting these ‘Apples’ became one of the fun bonuses of the trip.
Since then, I have become more aware of the public art events in the UK, in 2008 we had King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath. Currently I am aware of two such events running in this country, although there could be more. So if you happen to be in Norwich this summer, do not miss out on GoGo Gorillas http://gogogorillas.co.uk/ , although regretfully the Freddie Mercury Gorilla had to be removed from his plinth yesterday. Likewise, in Bristol, there is Gromit Unleashed http://www.gromitunleashed.org.uk/ So if you find yourself in either of these fine cities this summer, do go and enjoy these art trails, great fun for children and the young at heart!
- Charity goes ape over Freddie Mercury gorilla statue (metro.co.uk)
- VIDEO: Colourful Gromits unleashed on Bristol (bbc.co.uk)