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Gorilla sculpture still to be installed
Published 01/06/14



A GIANT gorilla sculpture made out of 40,000 spoons was not installed in the garden of illusionist Uri Geller this week due to the bad weather.

The spoon-bender, who lives in Sonning, commissioned the sculpture after meeting British Ironwork Centre founder Clive Knowles last year. He appealed for donations and was inundated with spoons from around the world.

The 12ft gorilla, which is encased in a stainless steel cage, was supposed to be installed at Geller’s riverside home on Wednesday but was postponed until a date to be fixed. In the meantime, the sculpture will have to remain at the centre in Shropshire.

Geller, who already has a spoon sculpture of a Cadillac in his garden, said: “The reason I created the gorilla is because throughout history humans have always had the potential to connect to art in many different, positive ways. We open our house to terminally ill children a few times a year and love to see the happiness on their faces when they look at our art, including the Cadillac.

“All the spoons were donated by children from around the world, including Kenya, Israel, Palestine, India, China, America, Tibet and the UK. I also donated a spoon from my own collection which used to belong to Winston Churchill. That one went in the mouth of the gorilla.”

Geller chose the design because he collects artwork created by gorillas and chimpanzees. He also read a comic book about a telepathic gorilla when he was a child. He said: “The DNA of a gorilla is very similar to humans and they are our closest relatives apart from chimps.”


The sculpture took five months to make as ironworkers welded each spoon on to a wire frame.

The finished article was officially unveiled at the centre by Prince Michael of Kent earlier this month. Geller and the Prince flew there by helicopter from Sonning and were met by hundreds of people.

Geller said: “When it was revealed everyone’s jaw dropped. It’s one of a kind and the guys at British Iron did a brilliant job.

“My aim is to have it for a couple of years and then donate it to either Great Ormond Street Hospital ot London Zoo or have it installed in Trafalgar Square.”


PUBLISHED 01/06/14



 
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