First glimpse of one of two prehistoric sculptures destined for King’s Lynn this summer

After months of anticipation, hundreds of people were treated to a glimpse of some of the T.rex and Steppe Mammoth sculptures that were to cross the county for the GoGoDiscover trail and two of them will come to Lynn.

The sculptures were unveiled at the GoGoDiscover launch event in Norwich on Thursday June 16, which brought together artists, sponsors and logistics partners involved in the project.

One of the nine sculptures unveiled overnight was Big Top, a vibrant and colorful circus-themed mammoth, set to take up residence in The Walks when the GoGoDiscover trail goes live on Monday, June 27.

Marquee. Photo credit: RMG Photography (57357134)

Sponsored by West Norfolk Council, Big Top was decorated by Sophie Li-Rocchi, art teacher, set designer and theatrical scenic painter.

Sophie has created over 30 dramatic large-scale sets for plays at Gresham’s Prep School, where she is Artistic Director.

Sophie Li-Rocchi, who decorated Big Top, said: “It was so much fun creating the Big Top design. The mammoth body shape, with its huge blank sides and bulging back, lent itself perfectly to being transformed into a circus tent.

Sophie Li-Rocchi painting Chapiteau, the mammoth.  (57357131)
Sophie Li-Rocchi painting Chapiteau, the mammoth. (57357131)

“I like to paint on a large scale and in bold colors with bold black outlines, details and highlights, which was ideal for creating the drama and magic needed for a circus mammoth.

“It’s always great to see others’ reactions to your work, which is one of the most amazing aspects of your involvement as an artist on the GoGoDiscover trails.”

Big Top is one of two sculptures on the GoGoDiscover trail for Lynn this summer.

Marquee.  Photo credit: RMG Photography (57357137)
Marquee. Photo credit: RMG Photography (57357137)

The second sculpture is expected to be parked in King’s Staithe Square, but its name and design will remain under wraps until the trail is launched to the public.

Pete Marron, GoGoDiscover Project Manager, said: “It has been a joy to finally share sculptures such as Big Top with the local community.

“Big Top is exciting, lively and bright, and will sit beautifully at The Walks to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

“We have seen the hard work and commitment of so many inspiring artists and invaluable sponsors, that being able to showcase some of the most spectacular designs has further heightened the excitement and anticipation ahead of Monday 27 June.”

This year’s GoGoDiscover trail runs from Monday June 27 to Saturday September 10 and sees a prehistoric group of 79 T.rex and Steppe Mammoth sculptures stomping through the streets of Norwich and Norfolk.

GoGoDiscover is provided by East Anglian charity, Break, in partnership with Wild in Art.

Through donations, app downloads, events, merchandise sales and a sculpture auction in September, the trail hopes to raise valuable funds to improve the lives of children and young people on the margins of care. charging, picking up and leaving the picking system.

Rachel Cowdry, Managing Director of Break, said: “Thanks to everyone involved with the trail, we are able to continue to offer our support and guidance to the young people and adults we work with who face expectations. gigantic when they leave care.

“Our goal is to make this transition a little smoother by presenting an offer of lifelong support and standing by them no matter what challenges they face.”

Hikers will be able to locate and identify the 79 prehistoric visitors using the new GoGoDiscover app (£1.79), available from the Apple Appstore or Google Playstore, or by picking up a GoGoDiscover trail map (suggested donation from £1) from a variety of trail map centers including Duke’s Head Hotel in Lynn, Pensthorpe Gift Shop, Holkham and Break retail stores across the county.

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