Norfolk's GoGoHares are here with nearly 70 to find
PUBLISHED: 15:10 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 09 July 2018
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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
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 Cel-hare-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.
Break makes a difference
Regional children’s charity Break has been changing young lives across East Anglia for 50 years. They support children and young people in care, young care leavers, children and young people with disabilities and families experiencing crisis. Break helps vulnerable children and young people, however they need it, to have a safe place to call home, to grow in confidence and be ready to face life’s challenges.
Break’s chief executive Hilary Richards said; “We passionately believe every child and young person needs a home where they feel safe and loved, so they can grow in confidence and look to the future
with hope, and that’s what we strive to achieve every day.”
You can find out all you need to know about the trail on the gogohares.co.uk website, pick up a trail map at local tourist attractions or download the gogohares app for £1.99, and begin ticking off the hares one by one! You can also get a sticker album to create a special souvenir of the trail.
• Sydney Long Ears, by Beverely Gene Coraldean
Sponsored by: Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Swallowtail Print Ltd.
Being located at: Ranworth Broad, outside Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Broads Wildlife Centre, NR13 6HT
The Norfolk hare bounds through the landscape from glorious, protected nature reserves, along hedgerows and riverbanks, through wildlife-friendly farmland to county wildlife sites and other healthy habitats.
It is the perfect emblem of Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s vision for a Living Landscape, an idea rooted in the beliefs of trust founder Dr Sydney Long. A re-connected landscape for the free flow of wildlife. Sydney Long Ears brings it to life, mapping our broads, rivers, wildlife enjoyed
• Warden Willow, by Fiona Gowen
Sponsored by: Hoveton Great Broad Restoration Project.
Located at: Salhouse Broad, Salhouse Broad Visitor Car Park, Lower St, NR13 6RX
“Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail is a truly beautiful, inspiring place, I fell for it the first time I visited. As you walk along, there is something wonderful to see at every turn: mosses and mushrooms, berries and beetles, water lilies and warblers. A true gem of the broads and one that I hope Warden Willow can look after for all of us!”
• GoGo Hareatio Nelson, by Phil Daniels
Sponsored by: Woodfordes Brewery
Located: Woodbastwick, Outside The Fur & Feather NR13 6HQ
“I am a Norfolk man and glory in being so,” said Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. Just as proud to be Norfolk-born, Woodforde’s real ales and beers proudly bear the silhouette of our county’s legendary commander. Now, talented local artist Phil Daniels has brought him beautifully to life, reimagined as a bold hare filled with ambition, dreaming of triumph at Trafalgar, as he turns his head towards the stars.
• Lancaster Kinnerton Confectionary by Hannah Nelson
Located: Fakenham, Market Place NR21 9BG
Although the town dates to Saxon times, the inspiration for Lancaster came from John O’Gaunt, the First Duke of Lancaster, who became the Lord of the Manor in 1377. Fakenham Lancaster is still the town’s full name although rarely used. Each of the images on Lancaster represents a part of the history of the town. How many can you identify….?
• PABLO, by Antonella Beschorner
Pablo has been created to celebrate the 250th anniversary of circus and the fact that Norwich, with Great Yarmouth, is one of six towns and cities picked to be the focus of the Circus250 celebrations. While the rest of the GoGo gang will stay in one place, Pablo will spend much of his time at intu Chapelfield but will also pop up at various special occasions. At the end of the trail he will also find a new home with the winner of a special raffle for which he is the prize!
Pablo has been designed by artist Antonella Beschorner and is named after Pablo Fanque who was born in Norwich in 1810 and became the first black British circus proprietor.
• Mr Cel-hare-brate Norfolk, by Pippa Flynn
Sponsored by: Squarehost
Located at: Chapelfield Plain, Norwich
‘Mr ‘Cel-hare-brate Norfolk’, along with his sponsor Squarehost, was inspired to show a colourful, vibrant display of everything he loves about Norfolk for everyone to enjoy and explore. Encompassing great architecture and history, the variety of stunning landscapes, beautiful skies, and with a host of his wildlife friends hidden throughout; he is proud to be part of Break’s 50th cel-hare-brations!