Sticking a neck out to support conservation causes
Coordinated by Wild in Art, global leaders in mass art events, the event launched in June, as part of celebrations marking the Zoo’s half-centenary. All around Colchester similar stickers and the original 10ft giraffes painted by local artists have been situated outside various sponsors’ premises. Smaller versions have been created by 80 schools in the area and will be part of the 12 week art trail, which culminates with the large giraffes making a farewell tour and returning to the Zoo on August 26th.
They will be auctioned to raise funds for the charity on September 19th at firstsite, Colchester’s visual arts centre in Lewis Gardens off the High Street.
Director of Colchester Zoo Anthony Tropeano said: “Stand Tall for Giraffes is not only a fantastic spectacle for the people of Colchester, it is an excellent way to raise vital funds for the conservation work carried out by our charity Action for the Wild, and what better way to celebrate our 50th birthday! This is our gift to the people of Colchester and the surrounding area for their support over the years.
“Stand Tall will be Colchester’s highest profile event in 2013 and we expect a surge in visitors to the town, which will lead to a welcome boost to the town’s economy. We are extremely grateful for the sponsorship and support we have received so far”. He added that the Zoo’s 50th anniversary celebrations are dedicated to the memory of his mother, Mrs Angela Tropeano, who was Director of Colchester Zoo from 1983 to 2011.
Fenn Wright’s Managing Partner Alan Williams said the sticker has attracted a lot of attention: “As our Stanway office is en route on the last stage of the car journey to the Zoo, George looks down proudly on cars full of happy folk looking forward to a great day out and I’m sure gets lot comments from excited children eager to get there!”