The Exeter Gorillas

Caroline and I spent part of the Bank Holiday weekend tracking down the 16 Exeter Gorillas! ┬áIt is a street art project called the Great Gorillas Trail Map. There are 16 life-size and baby gorillas strategically placed around Exeter to highlight the plight of gorillas in the wild and the work of Paignton Zoo. It is an art based project as all of the ‘gorillas’ has been painted either by the SW’s leading artists or local schools. The project is also raising funds for the Children’s Hospice South West.

It was great fun tracking down all the gorillas – got us out and about around Exeter and we say some great art work and met lots and lots of families, children and adults all doing the same thing.

There are also additional and different gorillas strategically place around Torbay – maybe our project next weekend! As a budding photographer it was great fun – even though by beloved Nikon D7000 ‘blew up’ and as a result the majority of these pictures were taken on my iPhone 5.

The complete photoset can be seen here. But here is a photo of each of the 16 gorillas in Exeter.

X Ray Ape 6


X Ray Ape – by the Clock Tower in Queen Street


William – in Exeter Library

Ubuntu 1

Ubuntu – in the Guildhall Shopping Centre

Takamanda 1

Takamanda – at the Forum, University of Exeter

Southernhay reflections

Not so different – Southernhay Green

Sora 2

Sora- The Quay

Skins 2

Skins – Stepcote Hill

Mr Bumble

Mr Bumble – Exeter Cathedral

Miss Prints 1

Miss Prints – the Harlequin Centre

Logan 2

Logan – the Harlequin Centre


Gunter – the Harlequin Centre


Graham – the Phoenix

Darth Vader 1

Darth Vader – the Harlequin Centre

Cool Ice Cream Bananas 2

Cool Ice Cream Banana – Princesshay


Carnaby – The Phoenix

Bananarilla 1

Bananarilla – The Bus Station

I can really recommend this trail – it is great fun for adults, families and kids – it also makes us think about one of our closest relatives and the plight they face – look into their eyes and who do you see?

The Exeter Gorillas are here until the 13th October -don’t miss them