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Thursday 17 December 2015

Earn your stripes for 2016

Solent is sponsoring one of Marwell’s Zany Zebras sculptures and students can now compete for the chance to design our zebra, Sam.

What is Marwell’s Zany Zebras?

Marwell’s Zany Zebras is a public art extravaganza coming to Southampton in 2016. We have joined the stampede to support Marwell’s Zany Zebras, bringing art to the streets and parks of Southampton.

For the ‘mane’ event, Marwell’s Zany Zebras will gallop through the streets of the city for ten weeks during summer 2016, creating a fun, family friendly trail for all to enjoy.

The herd of sculptures will showcase artistic talent in the local area, highlight the plight of zebras in the wild and encourage visitors to Southampton. There will also be a trail of replica miniature Marwell Zany Zebras hidden throughout Marwell Zoo itself.

At the end of the ‘mane’ event, the large sculptures will be sold at auction to raise funds to conserve endangered Grevy’s zebras and support communities living in the arid rangelands of northern Kenya.

How to enter…

To enter the competition, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download the design submission form and make sure to read the terms and conditions
  2. Get creative and put your design ideas to paper! Don’t forget to download the design guidelines too.
  3. Submit your design form to us by post or email (details on the submission form) here at the University by 12 noon on 18 January 2016.

Things to know…

The sculptures have been modelled on the Grevy zebra, which is the largest and most endangered of the three species of zebra. Compared with other zebras, it is taller, has larger rounded ears, and narrower stripes.

Marwell Wildlife will provide a blank zebra sculpture. The large sculpture is 230cm long, 163cm tall and 60cm wide and is constructed from fibreglass and finished with a primer by the manufacturer so it’s ready to paint. The miniature sculpture is 20cm long, 15cm tall, 6cm wide and is made from earthenware clay to a bisque finish.

Please read the design guidelines carefully.

Design entries will be judged by a panel of University staff and a representative from Marwell Wildlife.

The winning artist will be notified by 5 February 2016 and must be available between February and mid-May to decorate the sculpture.

Remember that by entering the competition, you agree to let Southampton Solent University use your name, photograph and zebra design in any future publicity.

Good luck!