Meet our Great Gorillas

3 : 'GiGi' by Galmpton C of E Primary School & National Trust

Can be found at: 'Greenway House, Galmpton, Nr Brixham'

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GiGi was inspired by the spirit of Greenway and the plight of Cross River gorillas. On one side, the spirit of the interior of Greenway House is represented, with books, music and the harlequin design found on ornaments in the Drawing Room and representing a character from Agatha Christie’s writing. On the other side, the spirit of the exterior includes a gorilla crossing the River Dart, a watch suggesting time running out for the species, and the magnolias and camellias of Greenway Garden merging into jungle foliage, the natural habitat of the gorillas.

The Artists

The National Trust at Greenway invited their local school, Galmpton C of E Primary, to help design and paint their gorilla. The gorilla name 'GiGi', represents the G of Galmpton and the G of Greenway coming together in partnership. Pupils selected from years 3 to 6 for their artistic interest were supported by teaching staff and the National Trust, to develop designs inspired by trips to Greenway and to see gorillas at Paignton Zoo. The gorilla is a combination of the ideas drawn or discussed by the pupils, who worked together as a team to decide the final design.

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