July 5 2015 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Saturday, July 5, 2014
For 54 furry friends, who captured the hearts of Norwich folk last summer, they thought they had said their final goodbye.
But now, for four of the GoGoGorillas, they are making their come-back today on the jungle-themed Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press float during the Lord Mayor’s procession - and they cannot wait.
Last year’s art trail raised funds and awareness for children’s charity Break and the Born Free Foundation, working with arts and education company Wild in Art.
The four making a return are Iron Ape, BatGrill, Freddie ‘Radio GoGo’ Gorilla and Feather the Fur.
Iron Ape was created by North Walsham artist Martin Wall and sponsored by Norse Group. During the trail is was based at Orford Hill.
Created in Mr Wall’s self built log-cabin studio, it was designed to resemble the comic strip and movie character Iron Man.
It was bought by digital content provider Brandbank, in Bowthorpe, for £3,200 when it went under auction.
BatGrill was also created by Mr Wall and sponsored by Quality Solicitors Clapham and Collinge.
During the trail it was based at All Saints Green.
It was designed to resemble the comic strip and movie character the Dark Knight and it was also bought by Brandbank for £6,000.
BatGrill came third in our favourite GoGoGorillas reader poll with 8pc of the vote.
Freddie ‘Radio GoGo’ Gorilla created controversy when it was removed following a complaint.
Created by artist Mik Richardson, it was taken from its plinth outside of The Forum after organisers of GoGoGorillas were contacted by the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an Aids charity set up in memory of the Queen singer who died in 1991.
The Trust claimed the Freddie-like sculpture misrepresented the singer’s image and asked the gorilla be removed and repainted.
It was also bought by Brandbank for £20,000 when it went under auction - the highest price on the night.
Feather the Fur was created by artist Alex Egan and sponsored by Mills and Reeve.
It was based at Bethel Street and Upper St Giles Corner and sold for £4,200 to Starfish, based at Rackheath.
This year’s Norwich Evening News and EDP float has been created by Inline Events, Norwich-based event suppliers.