The wildly popular Wow! Gorillas project involved sixty leading artists and was timed to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Bristol Zoo. Running for ten weeks over thesummer the initiative attracted visitors and locals alike to explore the citywhilst drawing attention to the plight of gorillas in the wild.
Tom Lane (aka Ginger Monkey) and Ged Palmer, who donated theircreativity for the cause at the last minute, were awarded a silver and a bronzein the Fresh Digital Awards for their hand-lettered gorilla, which also raised£5,000 at a charity auction. Now there’s the chance to witness the behind thescenes production of the artwork from workshop to street, culminating in it'sgrand unveiling in Bristol's historic Queens Square.
Days before all the gorillas were to be positioned around the city Tomwas approached by Harvey Whitehead, director of 375, and tasked with bringingto life their gorilla concept 'Going Gone Gorilla'. With only two days to complete the momentous task of hand-letteringfacts about the illegal bushmeat trade to cover the entire gorilla Tom turnedto his creative ally Ged Palmer to help ensure the creation of the artwork wasa success.
Once the artwork wascomplete the entire sculpture was then sprayed with a heat sensitive paint.During the day, as the heat of the sun warmed the paint the artwork would berevealed, as it cooled the sculpture would return to black and the artworkwould disappear highlighting the disappearance of gorillas in the wild.