Gorillas Project reaches its climax on 6th November, when a troop of
large gorilla sculptures will be sold for charity.
celebrating Paignton Zoo's 90th birthday, is raising funds for
gorilla conservation and for Children's Hospice South West.
model gorillas, sponsored by businesses and community groups, painted in
original designs by specially-commissioned artists and displayed in public,
created a unique art trail around Exeter and the English Riviera during the
Now, 27 of the artworks are going up for sale at a prestigious
charity auction night.
Pippa Craddock, Paignton Zoo's Director of Marketing &
Development, said: "This is where
it gets serious. The free art trail was very successful and great fun, but now
we are at the business end of the project.
collectors, animal lovers and shrewd business people will all take an interest.
We are talking about unique works of art painted on unique three-dimensional
canvases. They are one-offs – there is nothing else in the world quite like
"We have no idea how much they will go for – we hope to
raise as much money as possible for charity. Auctions are unpredictable, so it
is very exciting!"
One gorilla –
Five Minutes to Midnight – will be sold in aid of Children's Hospice South
The Zoo, a
registered charity, is holding the auction on Wednesday 6th November at
the Palace Theatre, Paignton, starting at 6.30pm. Most of the large sculptures
will be up for auction. The ticket-only event will be led by auctioneer Robin
Barlow. To register your interest in the auction, go to http://www.greatgorillas.org.uk/about-great-gorillas/auction
or telephone 01803 697509.