Gorilla tactics

Painting>> Gorilla • The UK

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageA zoo in Southwest UK celebrated its 90th birthday by getting a nine-year-old gorilla to paint sculptures. The art piece in question was that of a gorilla. Authorities at Paignton Zoo believe their endeavour will highlight the plight of large apes in the wild. The painter, N’Dowe, is scheduled to apply his “master strokes” on several other replica of his species in coming months. They will be used for educational purposes before being auctioned off.

The zoo said N’Dowe chose to use fingers, and occasionally lips, rather than brushes to apply the child-friendly paint and had been “inspired by the promise of grapes”. Paignton Zoo Curator of Mammals Neil Bemment said, “This might be the first gorilla sculpture ever painted by a real live gorilla.” Some of N’Dowe’s compatriots are also in line for the artistic feat.

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