On 31st January, Durrell’s troop of gorilla sponsors were invited to Jersey Zoo to select from over eighty vibrant, fun and inspiring designs that have been submitted by a variety of local and international artists who want to take part in this summer’s Go Wild Gorillas art trail.
Designs ranged from the wild and whimsical to bold and graphic and those with a more serious conservation message. Sponsors were delighted by the talent and creativity of the art on display.
Successful artists are now being commissioned to create the selected designs on the forty life-size fiberglass gorilla sculptures that will be on display around Jersey from 27th July – 14th October.
Commenting on the evening, Tim Childe, Head of International & Jersey Office for Quilter Cheviot, Presenting Partner for Go Wild Gorillas said: “After attending the opening Go Wild Gorilla’s event and choosing our gorilla designs, we are incredibly excited to see the trail come to life! The programme’s purpose reiterates the trust and legacy Durrell are aiming to maintain, which are two key values we closely live by at Quilter Cheviot. Looking after our clients is our main priority, however being able to protect and grow the natural wealth of our planet at the same time is extremely rewarding!”
A handful of well-known Jersey artists were in attendance including Nick Romeril, Ian Rolls and Abi Overland, all of who had submitted designs.
Nick Romeril explained why he wants to be part of Go Wild Gorillas: “I wanted to help Durrell celebrate their 60th anniversary and support the amazing work they do. Creating art on a gorilla was such a crazy-fun idea and it’s a great opportunity to do something for the community as well.”
Go Wild Gorillas is set to take Jersey by storm this summer. Forty life-sized gorilla sculptures will form a public art trail that will captivate visitors and locals alike, by taking them on a trail of discovery around the island.
Go Wild Gorillas still has the exciting opportunity for an Education Partner to get involved. This exclusive package will give a sponsor the opportunity to work with schools and young people across the island as they decorate their own young gorilla sculptures. Included in this package is sponsorship of two adult gorillas plus the integration of your brand into the creative learning programme for schools. The young gorilla sculptures will then form their own indoor trail throughout the summer.
Thank you to all our sponsors who have already committed to supporting this project.