Giraffes add wild touch to Christchurch

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 15/08/2014
giraffe sculptures
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON / Fairfax NZ

ZOO: Marketing manager Olivia Andrews, left, and arts co-ordinator Jo Mair unwrap a fibreglass giraffe yesterday.

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A herd of fibreglass giraffes have touched down in Christchurch ready to be dolled up for a new sculpture installation across the city.

Christchurch Stand Tall is a mass appeal public art project organised by the United Kingdom organisation, Wild in Art.

More than 50 giraffes, each standing 2.5 metres tall, will be painted and decorated by local artists and planted in parks, streets and open spaces. Christchurch schools will decorate another 50 baby giraffes. Each would be sponsored, and organiser Claire Cowles said many still needed support.

Wild in Art has produced several other public displays. Liverpool has had penguins, Sydney had rhinos and Bristol hosted Gromits, from Wallace and Gromit.

Cowles said each animal was chosen for the city visited and standing tall seemed appropriate for Christchurch post-earthquakes. All 100 giraffes would be on display for 12 weeks during summer and would then be auctioned off with proceeds going to charities like Child Cancer, Life in Vacant Spaces and Gap Filler.

A trail and map would help the public to see each giraffe in place starting in November.

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