Over the last month or so I've been getting a small gang of monsters ready for their big debut on December 5th at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. They've had to be rescued from the elements, cleaned, repaired, repainted and - in some cases - augmented with new features.
As detailed in this earlier post (here
), the Monster Zoo
was a community arts project that I set up during the Coronavirus lockdown to give local families a safe, open-air space to gather and chat and to provide an outlet for childrens' (and adults') creative energies.
The project was a huge success, spawning nearly 400 monsters and achieving national recognition by being featured on Channel 4's Grayson's Art Club
- the segment with me and Grayson is at 28:20 minutes).
I repaired four of them for their residency in the Westcountry. However, during discussions with the museum, it was reduced to one monster (the metallic-looking smiley guy) due to the sheer number of exhibits on display. However, the monster will be accompanied by a rolling projected slideshow of EVERY monster made for the zoo. Isn't that great?
They'll be on display from December 5th 2021 until next Autumn.
Here's the website
with all the details.
Meanwhile, I donated the green monster and the furry monster to a friend's grandson for his birthday and he loves them!
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