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One month to go! T.Rex getting ready to stomp into the City for Break's GoGoDiscover 2021 Trail

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One month to go! T.Rex getting ready to stomp into the City for Break's GoGoDiscover 2021 Trail

With just one month to go until Break’s GoGoDiscover T.rex trail launches, excitement is building as the city gets ready to welcome the 20 colossal sculptures when they stomp into popular locations including Norwich Cathedral, Chantry Place, Riverside, Castle Quarter and Jarrold. In preparation for the trail starting on 12th July, Break, who provide lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care, has released some fun facts about these fierce visitors.

Measuring approximately 2 metres tall and weighing around 85kg, each T.rex sculpture is individually made from toughened fibreglass. The sculptures are all sponsored by businesses from across the region and have been decorated by talented artists to create unique designs. The T.rex aren’t all just painted – some have had additional decorations, embellishments and even a few usual props added to really bring the sculpture themes to life.

The sculptures each have 50 teeth – 26 top teeth and 24 bottom teeth, a similar amount to the 50 – 60 serrated gnashers on a real T.rex.

If you were buying shoes for one of Break’s T.rex, you’d be shopping for a size 29. Each sculpture has a 17 inch foot, which although enormous, is only about half the length of a real T.rex foot.

Each sculpture is coated in antimicrobial varnish and will be cleaned regularly by one of Break’s  trail rangers to keep them pristine. The trail rangers are all volunteers, giving up their time for Break to care for these 20 terrific T.rex.

2021 is the first part in a two year trail for Break, with most of the T.rex sculptures being auctioned off at the end of next year to raise much needed funds for the charity. But how much might a dinosaur be worth? In 2018, the auction for the GoGoHares raised over £408,000. The best seller from the GoGoDragons auction in 2015 raised an amazing £25,000. It’s hard to say how much a terrific T.rex will raise under the hammer next year but let’s hope for a dino-mighty cheque to enable Break to continue its vital work for children and young people across East Anglia.

Eleanor Edge, corporate fundraising and projects at Break, said: “We’re counting down the days until we’re able to unleash our T.rex on the streets of Norwich. This year’s trail looks set to be so much fun for all the family, with such a vast array of brilliant designs on our colossal sculptures. We can’t wait to have these sculptures of the king of the dinosaurs take pride of place around the city, helping to bring some excitement with extra teeth this summer, all with the aim of raising funds for Break.” 

Running from Monday 12th July until Saturday 11th September 2021, the GoGoDiscover charity sculpture trail is delivered by East Anglian based children’s charity Break, in partnership with Wild in Art. The presenting partners of GoGoDiscover 2021 are Norwich BID and Chantry Place.

While the trail is free, people who have enjoyed the sculptures can donate to Break via text or on the website, so that Break can continue to transform futures and change the lives of vulnerable children and young people across the region. For more information about Break visit break-charity.org

Text TREX to 70085 to donate £3. Texts cost £3, plus one standard rate message. #GoGoDiscover

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