The giraffes have been positioned in various locations around Colchester, as part of the Stand Tall project, which officially launched on 2 June this year and will run until 26 August. The project is also being used to raise vital funds for the zoo’s conservation charity, Action for the Wild.
The large scale public art event has involved a range of businesses in the area that have sponsored the giraffe’s at a cost of £5,000 each. Each giraffe is then designed by a specially commissioned artist and will bear the name of its sponsor.
MGC Lighting, based approximately 20 miles away in Ipswich, first became involved in the project last year, when the company supplied Flexistrip lighting for ‘Stan’ – the campaign mascot – which was used in the official Christmas light switch on in Colchester last December.
The Stand Tall project has been developed in partnership with experienced arts, events and education company, Wild in Art – the team behind similar events successfully staged in the UK, Europe and Africa.
At the end of the summer, from 9-12 September, the sculptures will be on show on the banks of the River Thames in Central London, at the 3 million sq ft business environment, More London!
On the 19 September each of the commissioned giraffes will be auctioned off, with all funds raised donated to Action for the Wild for future conservation projects.
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