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.
Get ready to GoGo - 21 T.rex have now stomped into the city for Break’s GoGoDiscover T.rex trail. Here is everything you need to know…
GoGoDiscover 2021 takes place for nine weeks from Monday 12th July until Saturday 11th September with 21 colourful T.rex in Norwich.
While the trail is free, East Anglian children’s charity Break, who deliver the trail in partnership with Wild in Art, hope to raise vital funds so that it can continue to provide lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care. People can donate online here or text TREX to 70085 to donate £3. Texts cost £3, plus one standard rate message.
The names of the 2 metre tall T.rex are Prideasaurus, B-Rex, T.Pot, Afternoon Tea-Rex, T-Wrecks, Hawker, Doctasaurus, Hulkasaurus, 60 Million Years, Tigrasaurus, SNAP!, Dino Hunter, Lava Land, Rex, The Junkasaurus Rex, Do you think they saurus?, Eyela the T.spex, Automotosaurus, Where’s Rexy, Lost Holmes and Tyra-Norvy-Saurus.
The T.rex are located in Norwich Cathedral, Chantry Place, Riverside, The Forum, Castle Quarter and Jarrold. They can also be found on All Saints Green, Davey Place, Fye Bridge, Orford Hill, St Georges Street, London Street and Junkyard Market.
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.
To mark Volunteers’ Week, between 1st and 7th June 2021, Break is appealing for volunteers to get up close to 20 large T.rex this summer by signing-up to be a GoGoDiscover Trail Ranger.
There are a handful of exciting volunteer positions available and you don’t even need to be a dinosaur expert to apply! The T.rex Rangers will each be needed a few times throughout the summer as part of Break’s colourful GoGoDiscover trail to help maintain the sculptures, promote the trail and ensure it is a success, as well as support Break’s fundraising efforts.
In addition to recruiting Trail Rangers for the summer, Break is also seeking volunteer mentors, fundraising volunteers and retail volunteers to support its work across the region. As a charity, Break relies on an incredible team of volunteers to help support its fundraising team so that it can continue to provide lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care.
Sarah Bunn, Community Fundraising Manager at Break, said: “We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and committed team of volunteers to support our prehistoric parade and, as well as it being lots of fun, the Trail Rangers will receive training, develop new skills and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to one of the biggest events taking place in Norwich this year. Trail Rangers will also assist with the cleaning and presentation of the sculptures, ensuring every T.rex looks its best, and help with fundraising efforts. As a charity, we are always looking for people to spread the word about Break and we have lots of opportunities to volunteer at our amazing events to raise funds to support the work we do with children and young people.”
After announcing the dates for the 2021 trail, Break has revealed details about the second half of the two year trail of prehistoric proportions by announcing it’s 2022 partners, as well as giving a first look at the gigantic Steppe Mammoth sculpture set to join the T.rex in Norfolk next year!
GoGoDiscover 2022 will take place between Monday 27th June and Saturday 10th September 2022 with a mighty herd of Steppe Mammoth across Norfolk and even more T.rex to be discovered in Norwich. The trail is delivered by East Anglian based children’s charity Break, who provide lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care, in partnership with Wild in Art.
Each T.rex and mammoth in the family-friendly trail will be decorated by local and national artists and sponsored by businesses from across the region, with many opportunities available for businesses to get involved in next year’s event. The GoGoDiscover county trail celebrates the Deep History Coast and Norfolk being home to the discovery of the largest and oldest mammoth ever found in Britain.
Today [May 15, 2021], the first GoGoDiscover Tyrannosaurus-Rex sculpture was unveiled at Chantry Place in Norwich in celebration of National Dinosaur Day. Prideasaurus took centre stage underneath the illuminated rainbow on Chantry Square and provided an exclusive look at what the 2021 GoGoDiscover trail promises this summer.
Sponsored by Norwich BID and designed by local artist Martin Wall, Prideasaurus is a 2 metre tall dazzling rainbow dinosaur, featuring thousands of colourful gems applied by hand from head to tail. Shoppers were invited to get up close and take selfies with the sequinned T.rex sculpture, with the option of making a donation to children’s charity Break, which delivers the trail in partnership with Wild in Art.
The Break team was also on hand during the day to tell people about GoGoDiscover and the charity’s vital work across East Anglia in providing lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care.
Get ready to GoGo on a Jurassic jaunt this Summer with Break and 20 large Tyrannosaurus-Rex sculptures 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. Each T.rex has been decorated by local and national artists and sponsored by businesses from across the region.
The 2021 family-friendly trail coincides with and celebrates another prehistoric visitor as the T.rex arrive just days before Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich Cathedral, meaning trail go-ers will have 21 dinosaurs to visit in Summer 2021!
With dates for the 2021 GoGoDiscover T.rex trail set to be announced very soon, Break has revealed that this year’s event will form the first half of a two year trail of prehistoric proportions, with even more T.rex and another gigantic species to discover next year!
The 20 T.rex forming a Jurassic jaunt around Norwich in Summer 2021 won’t fade into extinction, and will return in Summer 2022 for 10 weeks, with more new T.rex friends and a mighty herd of Steppe Mammoth – and this time it will go county wide!
Bringing colour, fun and beautiful art across Norwich and Norfolk, GoGoDiscover is delivered by East Anglia based charity Break in partnership with Wild in Art and the 2022 trail will celebrate the Deep History Coast. The new Steppe Mammoth sculptures tie into Norfolk being home to the discovery of the largest and oldest mammoth ever found in Britain.
The T.rex and Steppe Mammoth sculptures will be decorated by local and national artists and sponsored by businesses from across the region.
Following the 2021 and 2022 GoGoDiscover family-friendly trails, a charity auction of most of the sculptures will be held in October 2022 to raise vital funds for Break; transforming futures and changing lives of vulnerable children and young people across the region.