Hundreds of Wave 105 listeners have been voting for the zaniest design to decorate one of Marwell Zoo’s zebra sculptures going on display with its herd this summer.
Organised by the team behind Go! Rhinos in 2013, the free family event, Marwell’s Zany Zebras, will see a zeal of brightly coloured and uniquely designed Grevy’s zebra sculptures stampeding the streets of Southampton for 10 weeks from Saturday July 16.
Three designs were shortlisted from those sent into the radio station and hundreds voted online for the winning design, Zeffe, by 12-year-old Daniel Granger from Lymington. Daniel was inspired to enter the design competition after seeing a decorated rhino on display at his brother’s school. A mixture of giraffe and zebra with hints of Wave 105 colours, Daniel’s winning design will be realised by professional artist Sally Goodden, who will be joining other artists in the public painting space in the Marlands Shopping Centre to create the colourful sculptures.
Wave 105 commercial director, Jon Brooks, said: “We are delighted that Daniel’s design will be joining the zeal of Marwell’s Zany Zebras to create memorable street art for the public to enjoy. It is a wonderful event to be involved with, bringing art and animals to hundreds of thousands.”
One hundred of the region’s schools and youth groups have been designing and decorating their own small sculptures as part of the Marwell’s Zany Zebras Education programme that will feature on the trail in Southampton too.
In addition to the sculptures in Southampton, a trail of replica miniature Marwell’s Zany Zebras sculptures will also be hidden at Marwell Zoo for visitors to discover.
Kirstie Mathieson from Marwell’s Zany Zebras added: “More than 250,000 visitors and residents enjoyed our hugely successful Go! Rhinos event, where a herd of rhino sculptures filled the streets and parks of Southampton with a riot of colour and vibrancy. Our Marwell’s Zany Zebras event promises to be even bigger and better!”
The large, decorated zebra sculptures will be sold at auction after the event to raise money for Marwell’s conservation work with endangered Grevy’s zebras, amongst other wildlife and communities.
Those interested in finding out more about the event are invited to go to www.wave105.com.