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GoGoGorillas! Are Go

We now have 54 gorilla sculptures on the streets of Norwich

GoGoGorillas! art project in Norwich organised by Break and Wild in Art is delighting both visitors and residents alike.

Since the launch on 24 June, thousands of families have trod the streets to find the gorillas, tweeting us their pics and comments on the trail.  Awareness of Break and the work that we do has never been higher, with the support of the local news media and in particular the EDP and Evening News.

Latest addition to the trail - Alan Gorilla - was unveiled at the world premiere in Anglia Square Norwich of the new Alan Partridge film, Alpha Papa and we were all delighted, particularly the artists Phil Daniels and his daughter Sam when Alan took time out of his busy schedule to sign our Alan - Aha!  He is not on the trail map but Alan no. 54 can be seen at the Abbott Fox offices in Upper King Street, Norwich.

Alan For Web

Having printed 100,000 trail maps, they were all gone in the first week and a re-print swiftly followed!  Many smartphone users downloaded the gogogorillas App and all joined in the fun finding the gorillas and doing the competition to complete the sentance the 53 gorilla letters on the plinths make!

Within a few weeks, the gorillas took to twitter and now many of them regularly tweet!  To check out the full list ask @EarnestGorilla.  They are even starting their own networking hour on a Friday at 9.30pm.  To join in the fun simply add #gorillahour to your tweets.

The EDP are running a poll for the remaining weeks of the trail for you to vote for your favourite gorilla.  FreddieGorilla, subject of a global media frenzy when he was removed from the streets won week 1 and as a thank you to his sponsors - Brandbank sent them Freddie Gorilla banana cup cakes made by the talented Ellie of Ellies Cakery in Wymondham.  Brandbank then held a silent auction among staff for these amazing cakes and raised £68 for Break.  The story made the news and now all the gorillas want their own cupcake!

Freddie Cakes From Ellies Cakery

Not only that, we now have GoGoGorilla Tshirts for sale, two designs in an array of colours for adults and children from BK Franks, check them out here.

If you are out and about on the trail in the remaining four weeks, you can tweet your pics to the EDP tweet trail gallery by using #gogogorilla followed by the number on the plaque , So if you are taking a photo of Chromilla at The Forum put #gogogorilla15.

There are also over 60 baby gorillas, part of a Wild in Art schools project, to be found in shops and restaurants throughout the City and you can download a trail map here.

Babies On Bus1

The gorillas will be taken off the streets on Sunday 8 September for some R&R, but you can see them again in the run up to the Grand Auction which is on Thursday 3 October outside The Forum - all 53 of them (King Kong will be going back to Hollywood!).

Tickets are available for the Auction, hosted by TW Gaze auctioneers from jeni.matthews@break-charity.org, tel: 01603 670100 or to buy online.  There are three tiers of tickets: Silverback Gorilla £25, wine and canapes with our Patron, Jake Humphrey; Lowland Gorilla £15, general admission with first come first served seating; Mountain Gorilla £15, dining ticket, food and drink must be purchased from Pizza Express.  You can also pre-bid on your favourite gorilla here.

There are only four weeks left to enjoy the GoGoGorillas! Trail.  We hope you enjoy it and look forward to seeing your pics.  Discover and rediscover parts of our wonderful City, Norwich.

For further information on GoGoGorillas! follow on twitter @gogogorillas and facebook gogogorillas, the website www.gogogorillas.co.uk and Flickr.

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