Tots2Teens have designed two gorillas for the trail this summer.


The group (aged between 5 – 8 years old), worked with local designer, Carl Durban, to compile the final artwork for Jack. They used ideas they had independently designed and created, before agreeing on their favourite parts from each persons work. The selected designs were then brought together when painting their gorilla. As well as creating Jack, the group made their own gorilla from clay as well as other gorilla themed artwork to take home with them.”


The group (aged 8 – 12) working with artist, Hazel Horspole, thought about gorilla’s, their habitats and their similarities with humans. They made sketchbooks about the things they had learnt, including rainforest collages and African patterns. The group compared characteristics shared by gorillas and humans, leading to Alfred’s design. They used pages from old academic books to highlight the high level of intelligence found in these apes. The intelligence theme was continued with chosen extracts from children’s books, words from a dictionary in the style of a “brain” and reference to the American gorilla Koko and the studies about her possible understanding of sign language and consequent interaction with humans.

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