Wild art coming to Christchurch

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 10:04 16/04/2014
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POP CULTURE: Wild in Art exhibits outside the Sydney Opera House.

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A flock of multi-coloured giraffes will be coming to Christchurch in the summer to raise money for charities and serve as a timely reminder for people to smile.

Wild in Art, an organisation specialising in mass appeal public art, has completed similar installations overseas. Christchurch Stands Tall will include 52 differently decorated 2.5-metre high giraffes.

While the shape and size of the sculptures will be the same, next week artists and creatives will be invited to submit designs for deoration.

The giraffes will be sponsored by local companies and organisations and will be spread along a trail visitors and locals can follow using a special map or a smartphone app.

The trail will be open for 12 weeks from November and free for everyone to visit.

When the exhibition is over, all giraffe sculptures will be sold at auction, with the proceeds going to Child Cancer, Life Education Trust, Gap Filler and Life in Vacant Spaces.

Last year Bristol in the UK hosted Gromit sculptures, and Melbourne had elephants.

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