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Trail makers

By bringing artists, businesses, schools and communities together, Go Wild Gorillas aims to showcase our island community and its international links.

Artists’ designs will attract people to discover the wonderful world of conservation through the visual arts. Ultimately, it launches a significant fundraiser for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and our gorilla build.

After their time in the sun, our silverback gorillas will be sold at our Grand Gorilla Auction in the autumn to raise vital funds for the new home for our gorillas at Jersey Zoo.

Go Wild Gorillas is a unique and innovative opportunity for local businesses to promote their products and services. Being involved in this island-wide art trail drives customers to your door and supports a much-loved local charity — Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. This project, which spans 12 months and beyond, offers a wealth of opportunities for our sponsors to get involved in. From 27 July to 14 October, the life-size gorilla sculptures inhabit our streets and wild spaces showcasing a wealth of artistic talent and promoting their sponsors via the plaque and online app, whilst encouraging everyone to benefit from feeling connected to nature.

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Community groups from across Jersey have been going wild for gorillas this year, designing and creating 16 ‘young’ gorilla sculptures to be displayed around the island. Funded by sponsorship or fundraising activities, this inspiring gorilla troop showcases the artistic talent and imagination of the local community.

From 9 July to 14 October, these gorillas form part of the Go Wild Gorillas art trail. They will then be proudly displayed alongside the 40 life-size gorillas at the farewell event at Jersey Zoo. These small gorillas will not go to auction, but will be returned to their creators to go on display for people to enjoy for years to come.

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Pupils from 21 Jersey schools and colleges have taken part in our Creative Learning Programme this year. 27 small gorilla sculptures decorated by students of all ages form part of the ‘young’ gorilla trail, displayed in secure and accessible indoor locations across the Island, complementing the larger, artist-imagined Go Wild Gorillas sculptures.

When the trail ends, these sculptures will appear at the ‘Goodbye Gorilla Get Together’ at Jersey Zoo from 1-4th November alongside the 40 life-size gorillas and other young gorillas designed by community groups and artists. They will then return to their school or college as a lasting legacy.

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Whether well-known, emerging or yet to be discovered, artists from Jersey, the UK and as far as America have been commissioned to create the 40 life-size Go Wild Gorillas sculptures. Each gorilla is positioned in a special location to form Jersey’s public art trail, which leads people on an adventure, not only to see the gorillas themselves but the nature in which they are placed.

This island-wide sculpture trail is a special opportunity for Jersey’s artistic community and artists from further afield to showcase their talent and raise their profiles through the Channel Islands’ largest ever, mass participation art event.

 

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Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a member of the Association of Jersey Charities, membership number 69. Patron: HRH The Princess Royal. Founder: Gerald Durrell, OBE, LHD. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust - UK is registered in England and Wales. A charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered charity number: 1121989. Registered company number: 6448493. Registered office: c/o Elian Corporate Services (UK) Limited, 35 Great St. Helen's, London EC3A 6AP

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