Meet our Great Gorillas

5 : 'Darth Vader' by Mandii Pope

Can be found at: 'Harlequins Shopping Centre, Exeter'

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'Darth Vader'

When the artist was searching Google for famous personalities from Exeter, she stumbled across Eddie Izzard and started thinking about different roles he might have played that she could turn into a gorilla. From there, she remembered a YouTube video featuring his voice as Darth Vader. When the artist made her Big Ben BT ArtBox people seemed to love the recognisable icon, so by choosing Darth Vader as her Gorilla the likeability factor should be widespread when it is time for auction.

Mandii Pope 

Kiwi Artist Mandii Pope exhibits in Europe, Dubai and the UK, including a significant solo exhibition in Cork Street London. Many works are in private and commercial collections all over the world. Mandii has close links with many charities often donating works to fundraise for various causes around the globe including 'Hospices for Hope', A Hospice in Brasov Romania, Cancer fundraisers, Grief Support, Stem cell treatment and Autism. Most recently she has been involed with Expat Earthquake fundraising events for loved ones back in Christchurch, New Zealand, a Bagpuss design for the Virgin London Marathon and a 15ft Big Ben BT Artbox for Childline’s 25th Anniversary and Live Art of Buckingham Palace for the King Edward VII Sister Agnes Hospital. Her style is versatile, with a variety of styles to cater for different sides of her character such as Cityscapes, Beach Landscapes, Nudes, Fantasy, Pop Art, Abstract, Spin Art with a touch of 80’s retro Kiwiana patriotism. The cityscapes and beach landscapes are usually somewhere personally visited, the Nudes and fantasy art help keep up her technical skills; the Abstracts and Spin Art are emotive – relating to current affairs and the Kiwiana is a bit of fun for the expats who miss home.

Cavanna Homes

Cavanna Homes is a local family business building fantastic new homes across the South West. For 90 years we have been building in an exceptional area where we have earned a well-deserved reputation for quality. We have recently been awarded the 5 Star house builder award from the HBF, which is the highest rating awarded. Cavanna remains a family business still committed to the principles of quality and consideration it set out when founded in 1923.

Why did Cavanna Homes want to be a part of the Great Gorillas Project? 
“As it is both ours and the Zoo’s 90th anniversary, we couldn’t think of a better way to get the community talking and bring local businesses together to help raise money for this great charity all at the same time.”


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