Nelson’s Blog

My name is Nelson and I’m the first and original GoGoGorilla!  You may have seen me riding on the back of a truck around Norfolk, hanging out with Jake Humphrey, spotted me in the newspaper or met me at an event.  I’m bright, colourful and have been painted with iconic Norfolk images – kinda hard not to miss!

I’ll be part of a gorilla art trail that will lighting up Norwich during summer 2013 to raise funds for Break and the Born Free Foundation so you’ll be seeing lots more of me and my five foot tall gorilla friends over the next nine months.

Every month I’ll be keeping you updated with where I’ve been, new friends I’ve made and the rest of the gorilla troop.  It’s been a busy few months already – here’s the story so far:

I started life as a blank 5ft gorilla sculpture.   I was given to Mik Richardson, an artist based in Aylsham Norfolk, with a whole lot of ideas from Break charity as to how I should be brought to life – scenes of Norwich, Norfolk – iconic images (if you ask me they were asking a lot).  I was then transformed and even though I say it myself, I love my new body.  I truly represent everything that is loved about Norfolk.  Thank you Mik.

I have had an exhausting time recently.  In fact since the launch of ‘Go Go Gorillas!’ at the Royal Norfolk Show back in June and even before that, being posed on the riverbank at Carrow Road with Mr Jake Humphrey who made a video with me – so exciting!  My time has not been my own.

Since then I have been hoisted on a fork lift at the Thurlow Nunn Standon Royal Norfolk Show stand, where I was photographed and filmed and adored by many children.  I then spent time with the EDP and BBC Radio Norfolk and on the Break stand.  I think this is where I first began to enjoy my celebrity status!

I have spent hours on the back of Martin’s Dad’s truck being carted around Norfolk to local businesses, exhibitions and conferences creating a lot of bemused glances and a lot of people asking if they can have their photograph taken with me.

Perhaps I should explain that Martin is my minder.  He is the Project Manager at Break for the ‘Go Go Gorillas!’ project which will be bringing gorilla art to the streets of Norwich in 2013.  It is an amazing project and requires many hours of work behind the scenes to bring more gorillas like me to Norwich next year.  Break like my family works hard to keep families together and help and support children, young people and families throughout East Anglia.

Anyway, to continue with my journey.  I was taken to a Business to Business event organised by the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce at Carrow Road – inside this time, it was really posh.  I was extremely nervous because I had never been to anything like this before.  But the people from the Chamber of Commerce and the other exhibitors were really friendly and Mr Jake Humphrey turned up again and really encouraged people to get involved.  I think he really likes me!  Martin has since told me that some of the people there have been in touch with him to sponsor some of my friends and offer help with the project.  This is so cool.

I then attended a photo shoot for the EDP at Carters in Drayton where I met not only the sponsors who are supporting the project but 15 of my friends waiting for designs and a gorilla called Horatio who has been brought to life by Phil Daniels, an amazing wild life painter who has painted him as a real gorilla – respect.  Rosa, the reporter from the EDP who has taken me under her wing did such an amazing job that more of my friends have been sponsored.

Recently, I spent a day in the pouring rain outside the Assembly House in Norwich and boy did it rain!  But my celebrity has spread and thanks to my friends from the jungle, JunglePR, a really nice lady from ITV came and filmed me for Anglia Tonight.  I was so excited to be on TV.  My friend Horatio was inside in the warm as part of ‘Go Go Gorillas!’ artists and sponsors event where the sponsors were able to choose a design for their gorilla.

Horatio told me that this was awesome, watching everyone studying the amazing designs, over 100 of them and choosing the one for them or in one case the artist to work with on a design.  Emma from the EDP was there, Heart Radio and a film crew from the TV channel (coming to our TV’s next year) Mustard TV.  Martin won’t ever catch up to my celebrity status, but he had a mardle with Stephen Bumfrey on BBC Radio Norfolk and a cheeky chat with Future Radio too.

Anyway, enough from me.  If you want to get involved Martin is looking for sponsors and artists and all the information is at  I promise you this is an opportunity not to be missed as the sculptures will be on the streets of Norwich for 10 weeks next summer.  Follow us on twitter @gogogorillas and on Facebook, gogogorillas.

Bye for now – like this blogging, will be back soon – Nelson


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