There’s been a population boom in Norfolk - there are over 68 amazing hares across the county and you’re invited to find them all
Lots of iffy puns and amazing artwork – it’s the GoGoHares!
It all started with gorillas in 2013 and was followed in 2015 by dragons. Now the latest art event in support of Norfolk charity Break has been unveiled with the official launch of the GoGoHares art trail.
Children’s charity Break has partnered with Wild in Art again to create the trails in a special year for Break, celebrating 50 years of helping children and young people in the county. Working with dozens of the county’s talented artists they have made two different versions of a sitting hare – one with ears up and one with ears down, called ‘moongazers’.
Their creations have been dotted around Norwich and the county; 50 in the city for the 50th anniversary, 18 in the county for the year 2018, the total of 68 corresponding with 1968, the year Break was founded by Geoffrey and Judith Davison. Locations for the ‘moongazers’ include the Broads, Great Yarmouth, Wymondham, Dereham, Cromer, Holt, Aylsham, Hemsby, Harleston, Fakenham, North Walsham and Wroxham.
With trail maps in hand, or app downloaded, people all across Norfolk will be planning their routes around the city and county hare trails this summer.
Martin Green, head of Fundraising at Break, says: “We are very excited about the addition of the county trail with 18 moongazer sculptures around Norfolk, showcasing many of our beautiful locations, and we look forward to seeing a wide range of photos being shared with us over the 11 weeks. The quality of the artists’ submissions received this year was so high and it is a shame we couldn’t showcase all the artwork; however the chosen artists have certainly really embraced the puns as well as celebrating Break, Norfolk icons and local history and we hope the public enjoy finding their favourites.
“The creativity behind the sculptures includes designs which use 3D mouldings, mosaics, fine art, pop art, glitter and plenty of imagination!”
And this year over 160 schools, clubs and groups have signed up for the learning programme, giving them the opportunity to create a beautiful leveret that
forms another trail around Norwich. The small hares are located in clusters around intu Chapelfield, Castle Mall, Norwich Cathedral, The Forum and other independent shops and their locations can be found on the app or via the website.
Peter Marron, co-ordinator of the GoGoCreate learning programme, says: “The variety of designs on the 164 leverets has been overwhelming; they are so original and colourful. The sculptures have been completed by a wide range of ages including sports clubs, mental health patients, primary and high schools, colleges and our very own Break homes, which makes this element of the project particularly exciting and rewarding.
“It is really exciting when visiting the schools to hear how many children have had a hand in the designs and inspirations and we hope they enjoy finding them around Norwich in the summer.”
There is something for everyone on the trails including super hero characters, a time traveller, book characters, food themes, hares disguised as other animals and some highlighting local interest. Some fun ones include Boudicc’Hare, GoGo Hareatio Nelson and Mr Celhare-brate Norfolk! Many of the hares have a Twitter feed and Instagram users can share images using #GGH18 which uploads onto the GoGoHares website.
The trail will run through to Saturday September 8. The leverets will be joining the main trail on July 2 and return to their owners after September. There
will be a last chance to see all the large sculptures at an exhibition called Hare today Gone Tomorrow on October 7-10, after which 50 sculptures will be auctioned off for Break on October 11.
GoGoHares is brought to Norwich with help from supporting partners Aspiration Europe, The Norwich BID, The Beeston Group, intu Chapelfield and The Norse Group. The trail is also being supported by the
EDP and Norwich Evening News, Ridgeons, Pensthorpe Natural Park and Jarrold.