The GoGo Gorillas – Norwich 2013 were welcomed to the city by The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Keith Driver on Tuesday evening and again today on a walking trail of the city.
‘Mr Carrow’ outside Norwich City Football Club waiting to cheer on the team at the beginning of the season.
Outside the Forum in Norwich Freddie ‘Radio GoGo’ Gorilla on the walking trail
Following on from the launch in January by Martin Green of Break Charity and Charlie Langhorne from Wild in Art, tens of naked gorillas have been receiving colourful makeovers by local artists. The 53 sponsored gorillas will be found on a walking trail around Norwich, which will take visitors to parks and streets around the city that they might not have visited before.
The Anglian gorilla was designed by John Moreton and painted by Phil Daniels and Matt Reeve. They said that it had been quite challenging painting him during the cold weather, but once the paint started to go on to the body, the gorilla took on a footballing character all of his own. The Anglian GoGo Gorilla will be positioned outside Norwich City Football Club (NCFC) over the Summer.
As many supporters will know, Anglian Home Improvements are proud to be a major sponsor of NCFC and after a number of weeks deliberation trying to pick a name for our GoGo Gorilla, we have finally decided on the name of ‘Mr Carrow’. We felt that this was a fitting tribute to both the club and its head steward Pat Nelson, who served for more than 41 years at the club and was known to the supporters as ‘Mr Carrow’. The football stadium is located on Carrow Road and was purpose-built by Norwich City in 1935; its initial construction took just 82 days and has been updated and changed over the years.
Before painting, this is one of the naked gorillas.
It has taken many hours to paint the gorilla and complete the intricate detail and design on the legs, which include:- the Director’s entrance to the Carrow Road ground, the supporters scarf, lyrics to ‘On The Ball City’, crowds of supporters, the old club logo, the Carrow Road street sign, a football, 2013 football kit, no. 14 shirt and “On the Ball City” on his back.
The easiest thing to paint was the base coats of black, yellow and green, and with the hardest things to paint were the crowds of supporters which were very time consuming.
Mr Carrow’s eyes look very real.
‘Mr Carrow’ spent the first few weeks caged in Castle Mall on view to the general public and then at the artist’s studio’s whilst being painted in 5 shades of green and 3 shades of yellow. The easiest thing to paint was the base coats of black, yellow and green, and with the hardest things to paint being the crowds of supporters which were very time consuming.
His penultimate move was back to GoGo Gorilla HQ where he re-grouped with the colourful troop before their final foray into the undergrowth around the city for the summer spectacular.
One of the four painted legs on Mr Carrow.
Dressed in his new majestic Norwich City Football Club kit, ‘Mr Carrow’ looks magnificent! Once sited, he will be found outside the NCFC club shop at Carrow Road and is number 25 on the GoGo Gorilla walking tour map.
The gorillas will be auctioned for charity at the end of the 10 week display, with proceeds going to the Break charity & Born Free Foundation. Break offers much needed support to children, young people and families in need across East Anglia. The Born Free Foundation helps to stop animals suffering worldwide and protects endangered and threatened species.
In addition to the large gorillas there are 67 baby gorillas that have been painted by the school children of Norfolk and will be on their own mini trail around the city.
‘Mr Carrow’ on the red carpet at the launch party
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Keep your eyes peeled for the GoGo Gorillas troop from the 24 June until the 7 September!