Helicopter is transport of choice for discerning Colchester Zoo giraffe

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First Colchester Zoo giraffe sculpture to arrive by helicopter.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a giraffe! Colchester Zoo's anniversary art project Stand Tall for Giraffes will be officially launched at the Maldon Road attraction on May 31 – with the first giraffe sculpture being flown in by helicopter!

The Flight Centre’s twin squirrel helicopter will be making the special delivery of the first Stand Tall giraffe, to be installed at Colchester Zoo at 9.30 a.m.

Colchester Zoo Director Anthony Tropeano said, "Having the first giraffe flown in by helicopter will be a tremendous way to officially start our 50th birthday celebrations. We're very grateful to The Flight Centre and pilot Ian Lunt for giving us their time on the day, and we're sure it will be a great experience for those visitors who get the chance to have a ride afterwards."

Commander of Colchester Garrison, Colonel Mike Newman will be present on the day watching the Giraffe take to the skies and find its wings.

Col Mike said, “This project is fantastic for the town and I can’t wait to see all the sculptures out on the streets from next week. It will be good fun to see a giraffe become airborne and salute Colchester Zoo for its outstanding first 50 years.”

Stan, Colchester Zoo’s sculpture in the parade as the iconic Stand Tall branded giraffe, is one of a herd of 2.5m sculptures which will be dotted around the streets, parks and open spaces of Colchester from June 2 for 12 weeks. The 30 sculptures have all been sponsored by local businesses, which chose designs from over 100 artists' submissions. The themes include Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, an Indian-inspired concept and a 1960s design.

Local children have also been doing their bit for the celebrations, with 80 local schools designing their own smaller giraffe sculptures. These will be placed in internal locations during the 12-week display, before being returned to their respective schools for posterity. Television wildlife expert Michaela Strachan chose a winning school design last week.

The Stand Tall for Giraffes project is being run in partnership with art event specialist Wild in Art which has successfully staged similar events in other parts of the UK as well as in Europe and Africa. Event sponsors include the University of Essex, Cooper MINI and McDonalds. After being on show for 12 weeks, all of the giraffes will be auctioned off to raise money for the zoo’s charity Action for the Wild.

For more information about Stand Tall for Giraffes, visit http://www.colchester-zoo.com/standtall.

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Notes to editors

  •     Constantly evolving, Colchester Zoo is an award-winning wildlife attraction which stretches over 60 acres in the heart of the Essex countryside. It has nearly 300 species in modern, naturalistic enclosures; many are which are part of vital international breeding programmes. In 2013, Colchester Zoo celebrates its 50th anniversary with “Stand Tall for Giraffes” a mass appeal, large-scale public art event which culminates in a high profile auction for its charity Action for the Wild. The funds raised will help to assist conservation projects all over the world including the charity’s UmPhafa Reserve in South Africa. http://www.colchester-zoo.com/standtall
  •     Wild in Art is the UK’s leading arts and education company, bringing the creativity and enjoyment of public art to thousands of people through its high profile and popular events. Working with host partners, artists, communities and schools together with public and private sector organisations, Wild in Art produces mass participation events that animate cities and towns around the UK and beyond. Through inspiring partnerships, Wild in Art events bring immense pride to communities while offering extraordinary social and economic benefits as thousands of residents and tourists alike discover the wonderful world of creativity in a truly memorable shared experience. Conservation and citizenship are at the heart of Wild in Art’s education work which includes the provision of unique art education resources which engage young people to unleash their creative talent, and enhance learning across the curriculum. In 2012, you can find Wild in Art in Northampton, Newport, London and Melbourne, Australia. Find out more at http://www.wildinart.co.uk.

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