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Why is there a gorilla in town?

Why is there a gorilla in town?

Friday 13 May 2022

Why is there a gorilla in town?

Friday 13 May 2022


There’s a gorilla on the loose in town – and a very special reason why.

Yesterday evening, a ‘wild’ new sculpture appeared in Broad Street – and eagle-eyed islanders might be familiar with the design.

Islanders were invited to take part in a challenge to find them around the island, with each sculpture later auctioned off, raising more than one million for a new gorilla house.

Today, Durrell has revealed plans to launch another sculpture trail in 2023, with the Broad Street silverback sprayed in animalistic style by Bokra (Ben Robertson) to provide a hint as to the theme of the next trail, which will be revealed on 14 June.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing a brand-new, colourful sculpture trail to Jersey in 2023,” said Director of Communications and Fundraising Alex Shears.

“After the success of Go Wild Gorillas in 2019, we are so excited to once again create a trail that engages the whole community and gets people of all ages outdoors exploring nature, discovering art and enjoying time together.”

Once again, Durrell is working with Wild in Art on the project.

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director of Wild in Art said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Durrell on this exciting second sculpture trail. Building on the excitement of Go Wild Gorillas, I have no doubt that this trail will capture the imaginations of both residents and visitors, while helping to raise much needed funds to support Durrell’s conservation work.

“We can’t wait to reveal what the sculpture is!”

Can you guess the new sculpture from these clues?

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Posted by Scott Mills on
Great concept, just try a different idea because if it's been done before in Jersey, people are less likely to donate or try it.
Posted by Martin on
That explains it now - I thought it was a new candidate for 22nd June!
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