Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Wow! Gorillas 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

It's been a while since I posted any photos of the Wow! Gorillas. It's not that I haven't spotted any more. It's just that I decided to save them up until I had enough for a reasonable post.

This first one's a bit of a mystery. It's attached to the prow of The Matthew and is obviously meant to represent a figurehead. However I can't find it on the list.

Can anyone help?

In the meantime here's one that I have found. He's covered in Bristol landmarks and is called Wow! Bristol. He lives in the Podium in Broadmead.

Seeing You, Seeing Me is at One College Square. The reflective silver paint mirrors the world the gorilla inhabits.

Grievesey, outside Bristol Cathedral, sports a Bristol Rugby Club strip.

Pattern Gorilla, in the lobby of the Bristol Musem and Art Gallery, represents the repetitive patterns of our lives.
I snapped him on our way in to see the Beryl Cook exhibition, which represented the life and colour she saw around her. It's well worth a visit.

Sky Gorilla stands in Anchor Square, just in front of the pizza restaurant I've been meaning to try out for years, but never got round to. Maybe one day. He's apparently based on a children's story.

I'm guessing Zoo Keeper alludes to Johnny Morris. The monochrome pattern is very effective.
We passed him en route from the recently opened Bristol branch of Foyles (isn't it promising to see the opening of a bookshop when so many are closing down? I must encourage this development by patronising it as often as I can afford) to Carluccio's for a cup of coffee. We were persuaded by the waitress to order a plate of Italian biscuits, which added an air of glamour to the occasion.


  1. They really are great!

    I especially like the Wow!Bristol.

    Kay :)

  2. I have just read Wow Gorillas 1 and all is now clear. A very imaginative way to promote the zoo. We enjoyed our visit there, but it must have been nearly 20 years ago. I expect my parents went there when they were courting as they met in Bristol.

  3. Hello Gareth

    You probably already know this, but there's a fantastic new bit of graffiti on the side of Teohs/Tobacco factory. It's on the wall facing the Aldi car park.It's all about dreams. Go see, go see.

    Bests d