Go Wild Gorilla trail goes live!
The trail was due to go live on Saturday 27thJuly. The idea was that Jersey would wake up to the gorilla sculptures out in the wild across the island. To achieve this, people worked hard on the Friday night to ensure that all of the gorillas were on their plinths overnight ready for their big day! I went to see where my gorilla ‘Rotchi’ would be for the trail and had to take this photo of the plinth all ready for his arrival! The plaque was also there. I still can’t believe my name is on a plaque in Jersey – I’m so thrilled!
I spent the evening watching vans go past, wondering if they were transporting gorillas to their new temporary homes. I was lucky enough to be watching as a gorilla was unloaded from its van and placed in Liberation Square in St Helier! Having been involved with the project, it was extremely exciting to see it all unfolding on the Friday evening! At about 10.30pm as I was on my way to my hotel after dinner, I decided to go to see if Rotchi was already in his spot on the ‘Route du Nord’ in St John. It was completely dark but I was too impatient to wait! He was there and looking totally magnificent!
The trail has proven to be extremely popular and at the point of writing this blog, the Go Wild Gorillas App recorded that the gorilla sculptures had received 113,430 unlocks in total! Absolutely incredible as the trail has only been live for just under 3 weeks! I have added photographs and a video of Rotchi onto the Galleries page of my website. You’ll see the beautiful spot he has on La Route Du Nord in Jersey. He has the most stunning view of all 40 gorillas – an observation also made by a reporter on ITV channel news!
If you’re in Jersey, please do go and visit Rotchi and tag me into pictures on instagram (@amybourbonart) or twitter (@amybourbon). I’d love to see them!