Giraffes spring up around central city

04:31, Nov 03 2014
Christchurch Stands Tall giraffes
Autumn Lily Lindsay, 9, and Oliver Lindsay, 7, check out a Christchurch Stands Tall giraffe at Cathedral Square.
Christchurch Stands Tall giraffes
Team 6 from St Mark's School pictured while creating their masterpiece.
Christchurch Stands Tall giraffes
St Patrick's School, Kaiapoi, had each pupil paint a symbol of what the school means to them on their giraffe.
Christchurch Stand Tall giraffes
The giraffe that pupils of Mt Pleasant Primary School created using maps and roads of the local area.

Giraffes are invading Christchurch this summer, and will be encouraging locals to stand tall like they do.

Sculptures of the gentle giants have come to the city for Christchurch Stands Tall, a public arts project designed to lift residents' spirits and make people smile.

The 99 giraffes form a sculpture trail and will be dotted all around the central city.

Hunters can use a trail map, published in the Press today, or a free downloadable app called Christchurch Stands Tall to track down the sculptures.

Christchurch Stands Tall giraffe
WILD DAY OUT: Autumn Lily Lindsay, 9, and Oliver Lindsay, 7, check out one of the Christchurch Stands Tall giraffes at Cathedral Square.

The giraffes served as blank canvases for local artists who submitted a wide range of designs, with the best chosen to decorate the sculptures.

Their designs will adorn 49 of the 2.5-metre-tall sculptures - the remaining smaller baby giraffes have been decorated by local schools.

The winning entries reflected a wide range of art forms, including mosaic, oil painting and gold leaf.

The sculptures will be scattered around the city until February next year, when they will be auctioned to raise money for charity.

The baby giraffes will be returned for each school to keep.

For more information, visit the Christchurch Stands Tall Facebook page.

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