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Chantry Place has unveiled the dinosaurs that have stomped into the Centre this summer for GoGoDiscover 2022 as it hosts six large T.rex sculptures and 30 Breakasaurus T.rex sculptures from now until 10th September 2022.

As well as the return of Afternoon Tea-Rex, the T.rex that Chantry Place has sponsored, and the amazing T-Wrecks, new dinosaurs for 2022 include Sirdavidsaurus Rex, T-RAFFE, The Golden King and Paintosaurus. 

Chantry Place is a presenting partner of GoGoDiscover 2022 and also plays host to 30 mini Breakasaurus T.rex as part of the GoGoDiscover Learning & Community Programme with packs found on the dining terrace, in House of Fraser and in Langleys window at the Centre. The large sculptures can be found on each floor of the Centre, as well as on Chantry Square.

Five-star housing developer, Lovell, has unveiled the Steppe Mammoth it is sponsoring as part of Break’s GoGoDiscover 2022 trail and it can be discovered now until 10th September 2022 at Wymondham on Fairland Green. 

Buzz has been designed by artist Donna Newman and is decorated with furry bumble bees, honeycomb and lavender. Symbolising the importance of bees in our ecosystem, Buzz is inspired by the fields of lavender which have long played a part in the landscape of Norfolk. It took Donna four days to decorate Buzz – with 40 different brushes being used!

Donna Newman from Eden Design is a freelance painter based in the Midlands and has family in Norfolk so is familiar with the countryside and also grows lavender in her own garden. Donna comments: “I love Buzz as he is inspired by bees and just looks amazing on Fairland Green outdoors and surrounded by nature. I used five different paints on Buzz and a hair dryer to make the paint dry quicker! I hope Break raises lots of money from the trail and auction, and thanks so much to Lovell for picking my design.”

Cactusaurus, the sharp-looking T.rex sculpture sponsored by Norfolk value retailer QD – QualityDiscounts.com, has been unveiled as part of the GoGoDiscover Trail 2022. The sculpture trail is delivered by East Anglian charity Break in partnership with Wild in Art.

Taking pride of place in Anglia Square, the brightly coloured Cactusaurus T.rex is now positioned outside QD’s Norwich store – the first QD to open back in 1985.

The design been created and hand painted by 24-year-old Norwich artist Laura Hawkins. Laura is one of the youngest artists to take part in GoGoDiscover to date. Inspired by her extensive (and growing!) collection of cacti, Laura’s Cactusaurus artwork was chosen by QD from over 200 designs submitted by artists for the sculptures. The collection of bright green cacti and pots painted in the QD red makes for a striking design. Small additional details such as Cactusaurus’s leafy toenails can also be seen by eagle-eyed sculpture spotters. Laura painted the sculpture in acrylic, which gives the leafy design more texture, with a varnish applied all over to make it weatherproof.

Sunday, 26 June 2022 00:00

Meet the Mammoth in the Market

Thousands of years ago they roamed the Norfolk coast – now for just 11 weeks you can meet a mammoth in Great Yarmouth market!

Visitors to the town’s new six-day covered market will be greeted by a giant Steppe Mammoth sculpture called Yuuki from Monday 27 June, as part of the Break charity’s GoGoDiscover event.

The colourful creature has been sponsored by Norfolk firm Pentaco Construction, the lead building firm on the market project.

The installation is also being backed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, which operates the market, and stall owners, who are offering a special discount to people taking part in Break’s GoGoDiscover trail. 

People using the GoGoDiscover app on their phones, available for £1.79 on the Google Play or Apple Store, will be able to claim a 5% discount at participating market stalls after ‘collecting’ the sculpture on the app. This works by entering a code found on the mammoth’s plinth.

After months of anticipation, hundreds of people were treated to a preview of some of the T.rex and Steppe Mammoth sculptures set to stomp across the county for the GoGoDiscover 2022 trail.

The sculptures were unveiled at the GoGoDiscover launch event on Thursday 16 June 2022, which brought together artists, sponsors and logistical partners who are involved in the project.

Of the nine sculptures on display, seven had never been seen before in public. These were Doug the Dino, Mow the Mammoth, Teo, Big Top, Margaret’s Mammoth, Daddy of all Dinosaurs and Mae the Mammoth.

The other two – Prideasaurus and Afternoon Tea-Rex - featured in Break’s mini trail last summer which welcomed Dippy the Dinosaur to Norwich Cathedral. 

The roar-some creations featured a range of designs in a variety of mediums, depicting themes such as nature and the environment, equality and diversity, and the Deep History Coast. One, set to be a dino-lovers favourite, is covered in prehistoric creatures of all shapes and sizes.

 

A family-friendly sculpture trail of prehistoric proportions is stomping onto the streets of Norwich and Norfolk between Monday 27 June and Saturday 10 September 2022.

GoGoDiscover features 79 individually designed sculptures comprising 55 T.rex and 24 Steppe Mammoths, each decorated by artists from across the country. 

The T.rex sculptures will be located around Norwich city centre, with the cretaceous creatures set to appear at popular sites including Chantry Place, Norwich Cathedral, The Forum, Castle Quarter, and Jarrold. 

Joining them is a humongous herd of 24 Steppe Mammoths, which will appear outwards from the city centre in towns and tourist hotspots such as King’s Lynn, Holt, Cromer Pier, Holkham, Carrow Road, the Norfolk Broads, Hemsby and Pensthorpe.

GoGoDiscover is an expansion of last year’s 21-strong dinosaur trail, which accompanied the arrival of the Natural History Museum’s legendary Dippy the Diplodocus to Norwich.

To celebrate World Bee Day on Friday 20th May 2022, leading five star housing developer Lovell have teased the GoGoDiscover Steppe Mammoth it is sponsoring as part of Break’s sculpture trail this Summer. 

Although Lovell isn’t revealing the name, artist or full theme of its mammoth, Lovell is buzzing to be sponsoring one for this year's trail and has released a bee-tiful sneak peek of the sculpture, including a bee and lavender motif.

World Bee Day raises awareness about the threats that bees face, as well as celebrates the positive impact that bees and other pollinators have on the ecosystem. 

GoGoDiscover’s 21 T.rex sculptures have stomped off the streets after nine weeks of bringing colour, fun, discovery and beautiful art to Norwich this summer. Discover the impact that the trail had in numbers and when the T.rex will return with teeth…

GoGoDiscover has been delivered by local  charity, Break, in partnership with Wild in Art. Based on the number of trails maps printed, distributed and digitally downloaded from the Break website, the GoGoDiscover project team estimate a minimum of 300,000 visitors took on the trail this summer.

The free trail has raised thousands in fundraising for children’s charity Break, who provide lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care. The charity has seen a big increase in visitors to their website, as well as increased engagement across all Break and GoGoDiscover social media channels.

Talented local and national artists decorated the 2 metre sculptures and nearly 50 volunteer trail rangers gave up their time to help support Break and look after the T.rex.

After a callout for volunteers to help look after and maintain its 21 large T.rex sculptures in Norwich for GoGoDiscover 2021, Break has recruited a team of 40 trail rangers to enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the event, assist with the cleaning and presentation of the sculptures, develop new skills and help with fundraising efforts. Meet some of the trail rangers giving up their time to support the charity this summer so that Break can continue to provide lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care…

Sandra Boston and her daughter Anne, who live in Swanton Morley, both wanted to get involved in looking after the prehistoric visitors, as Sandra comments: “It is great fun to volunteer, is a way of giving back and allows you to meet some lovely people. Looking after the dinosaurs, talking to the public and seeing the excitement in children's eyes when they see them is just so rewarding. As trail rangers, we make sure the sculptures are clean and in good condition, and you do find yourself getting almost attached to them – I even find myself talking to them at times! Break does a great job of supporting and working with vulnerable young people. I work with students with additional needs and see how the support they need is not just in education, but at home and in the community, which Break provides vital support with.”

Both Sandra and Anne also got involved in the GoGoHares trail, as Anne says: “I started volunteering alongside my mum for Break’s GoGoHares and also help with other Break events too. This year we have been given four T.rex to keep an eye on and it really makes you respect and appreciate the art and artists, and their amazing craftmanship, because we get a really close look at the sculptures! We clean them and make sure they are in a good condition – it feels like checking in on a friend whenever we visit them! I like supporting Break and these trails are a great way to get communities out to visit these works of art, support artists and raise vital funds for Break, supporting young people in less privileged places in life than me.”

 

With thousands of people already coming up close to Break’s GoGoDiscover 21 T.rex, which are brightening up Norwich’s streets this summer and helping Break raise funds so that it continue to provide lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care, meet some of the artists who designed and decorated some of the colossal sculptures.

Aylsham-based artist, Mik Richardson, designed Afternoon Tea-Rex, sponsored by and located at Chantry Place. This is the fourth time Mik has worked on a Break sculpture trail, with his previous pieces raising over £68,000 for the East Anglian children’s charity. Although Mik has painted over 100 sculptures for over 30 trails across the UK, including a special commission for Blue Peter and a piece brought by Ed Sheeran, Afternoon Tea-Rex is the biggest sculpture he has worked on – at 2 metres tall. Taking roughly 10 days to decorate, Mik used acrylic and emulsion paints to bring the tea-riffic T. Rex to life, and added a real tea tray and cake stand. “Rex is a waiter, but with his tiny little arms, he has to balance items on his head and back”, said Mik, “so don’t even consider asking him to pick up that dropped spoon from the floor.” Mik wasn’t always an artist, in fact he spent 27 years as an avionics engineer in the RAF. 

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