Wow! Gorillas public art

Lifesize and halfsize Gorillas artworked and with fibreglass extensions.

Around 60 of the full-size sculptures were produced by Wild In Art to commemorate Bristol Zoo's 175th anniversary in 2011. They were based on Jock, the Zoo's current Silverback, who stands more than 6 feet tall on his feet and weighs in at 34 stone.

My original design was the 'Guerilla Tourist', whom I intended to be observing the Zoo's visitors as they looked at the animals. I had to design a special steel bracket to fix the camera onto his neck so that it looked as though it was just hanging there; in fact, you could lift the entire sculpt up with it!

I was then commissioned to produce 'Hubert' for the Holiday Inn, which involved re-sculpting his eyelids and adding a night-cap to make him look a bit more cuddly and approachable.

The Zoo also wanted a half-size version of Tim Miness' 'Gorisembard' (www.timminess.com) to present to Prince Edward, and Tim asked me to produce the Stovepipe hat for him. This lead on to the Zoo asking me to make the 2 Christmas Gorillas, one large and one small. They were called 'King Kong Merrily On High' and 'King Kong Merrily On Low' respectively, puns for which I feel I should probably apologise.

The half size version of 'Hubert' was commissioned by Darren Evans, who purchased the full-size version as well.