Hare-lo!

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

EDP Norfolk - - Inside - PHO­TOS: Steve Adams

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.

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