Boris The Gorilla Goes To London!

24 May 2013, 05:00

One of the Gorillas from a new outdoor exhibition in Norwich is travelling to London where he'll spend the next four weeks.

London has to make way for another Boris as a Norwich-themed ape who shares the same name as the London Mayor travels to London Liverpool Street Station on Friday 24th May 2013 to promote Norwich’s outdoor art trail GoGoGorillas!

Travelling on the 9.30am train from Norwich to London, ‘Boris’ will be waved-off from the platform by some of his troop and will remain in London for four weeks to greet commuters, visitors and tourists, before returning to Norwich for the launch of the ten-week trail on Monday 24th June 2013. 

Boris, sponsored by the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), is decorated with iconic Norwich scenes including the Castle, City Hall and the Cathedral, along with images of Stephen Fry and Jake Humphrey.

Stefan Gurney, Executive Director of Norwich BID comments: “Summer 2013 in Norwich is all about gorilla’s ruling the city and creating a stir of interest in impressive and impactful art work. GoGoGorillas! adds to the growing vitality of Norwich and Boris will be our ambassador in London in the run up to the event.”

Norwich University College of the Arts graduate Jenny Leonard, who created the stunning Boris artwork, says: "I think it's fantastic that the gorilla will be placed at London Liverpool Street initially and I hope this will get lots of attention, and encourage people to visit Norwich!”

The GoGoGorillas! outdoor art trail is being delivered by Norfolk charity Break together with leading arts and education company Wild in Art to raise money for both Break and the Born Free Foundation.

Visitors will be able to access the trail starting from Monday 24th June 2013 by picking up a map or downloading a free app and the project will culminate in an auction of the gorilla sculptures on 3rd October 2013 at The Forum Norwich. 

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