A giraffe statue commissioned as a legacy to Colchester Zoo’s 50th birthday Stand Tall For Giraffes campaign is settling into its new home at Lion Walk Shopping Centre.
The colourful two-metre tall giraffe, which has been named Zoe, was designed by Lauren Connell from St Luke’s Primary School in Tiptree. Her creative design reflects several animal species supported by the zoo, including Amur Tigers and Leopards.
Stand Tall For Giraffe’s formed part of Colchester Zoo’s 50th birthday celebrations in 2013. The large-scale public art event saw more than 100 giraffe sculptures sited across the county with 1.3 m high giraffes created by schools and 2.5 m giraffes painted by local artists.
The new legacy statue has been painted by Jenny Leonard, a local artist who also created the ‘Jungle Jenny’ and ‘Stan’ giraffes which were on display as part of the original Stand Tall For Giraffes campaign last year.
John Fleming, Lion Walk centre manager, said: “We were lucky enough to host one of the hugely popular giraffes in 2013 and didn’t hesitate when the zoo asked if we could find a permanent home for the legacy statue. Our new arrival looks superb and we’re looking forward to showing her off to shoppers.”
Alex Downing, Development Director at Colchester Zoo, said: “People told us how much they missed the Stand Tall For Giraffes statues so we’re pleased to be celebrating our 51st birthday by revealing the legacy statue. We’d like to congratulate Lauren Connell for coming up with the fantastic design and are delighted to see Zoe the giraffe proudly on display at Lion Walk!”