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Stand Tall giraffes set for London display
8:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
THOUSANDS of people stood tall to help celebrate Colchester Zoo’s 50th anniversary.
The Maldon Road zoo’s Stand Tall programme saw 30 2.5m decorated giraffes take over parts of the borough.
Each of them was designed by north Essex artists and appeared overnight on June 2, alongside more than 80 smaller sculptures designed by Colchester school kids.
This week, the giraffes were collected two-by-two and 17 of them will spend one week from Monday outside business precinct More London, on the banks of the River Thames.
Anthony Tropeano, Colchester Zoo Director, said: “The giraffes’ residency in London will give thousands of people the chance to see these fantastic sculptures before they are auctioned off.
“We are very grateful to More London for giving them a home for a week.”
He added: “We’ve been blown away by the response to the sculptures – they really have been a major talking point in Colchester and the surrounding areas this summer.”
Nadia al Sharif, of More London, said: “We are very honoured that these amazing sculptures will be with us for one week.
“They are truly beautiful and we’re sure that they will be a big draw for people visiting the area.
“What a wonderful way to mark the 50th birthday of Colchester Zoo.”
Each of the giraffes will be auctioned off to raise money for the zoo’s charity Action for the Wild, while school kids’ giraffes will be returned to the schools they came from.
The auction, by Reeman Dansie, will take place on Thursday, September 19, at Firstsite.
Each sculpture is expected to fetch between £2,000 and £7,000.
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