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Artful repairs to arty gorillas

Artful repairs to arty gorillas

As a repair specialist serving the construction industry for over two decades, we have, at Plastic Surgeon, had some unusual jobs to do over the years. Ranging from mending cracks in spa pools on ocean cruisers, to carefully touching up a mural at a leisure centre.

Our latest repair task, though, is perhaps the strangest yet, and one which will be difficult to beat for its uniqueness. For we have become involved with Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project, as the ‘Official Gorilla Preservation Squad’ – and no, you won’t see our MD Rob in a gorilla suit ….

The project is a world class, mass public art event, coming to the English Riviera and Exeter. Artists, sponsored by local businesses, will paint life-size gorilla sculptures in their own individual design; these sculptures will then, for 10 weeks this summer of 2013, be placed in streets, parks and open spaces, to be enjoyed by us all.

The aim of the scheme is to showcase the artistic talent in the southwest, but also to highlight the significant conservation threat facing wild gorillas, and how the local business community can make a difference.

The Great Gorillas will be invading the streets from Saturday 3rd August until Sunday 13th October. They will then be at Paignton Zoo from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October before being auctioned on Wednesday 6th November 2013 at a gala charity evening.

Plastic Surgeon’s presence will be seen through our specially branded van supporting the initiative, which will be available during the weeks when the gorilla sculptures are out on the street, ready to repair any surface damage that may befall them. Problems such as seagull or pigeon poo, graffiti etc that may occur, which our Finisher will remove before getting out their palette and sable brushes to artistically paint over the damage, replicating exactly the original artist’s work.

Great Gorillas is a celebration of 90 years of conservation at Paignton Zoo, aimed at engaging communities with a mass exhibition of public art to raise awareness and funds to help the Cross River gorillas of Nigeria: the world’s most endangered species of great ape.


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