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Friday 27 March 2015

Solent goes wild!

Southampton Solent University has joined the stampede to support Marwell’s Zany Zebras, a public art extravaganza coming to Southampton in 2016.

The project, which for the ‘mane’ event will see Marwell’s Zany Zebras gallop through the streets of Southampton for ten weeks during summer 2016, will create a fun, family friendly trail for all to enjoy.

Marwell Wildlife is again bringing art to the streets and parks of Southampton, following the success of its Go! Rhinos project in 2013. The herd of sculptures will showcase artistic talent in the local area, highlight the plight of zebras in the wild and encourage visitors to experience Southampton. There will also be a trail of replica miniature Marwell Zany Zebras hidden throughout Marwell Zoo itself.

Marwell’s Zany Zebra Gilbert with representatives from Southampton Solent University and Solent Students’ Union

The University plans to run an online competition to name its zebra, with a further competition later in the year for art and design students to win the chance to decorate it.

Director, Marketing and Communications Service, Tere Daly, says: “Southampton Solent University is delighted to support Marwell’s Zany Zebras. Our students will compete for the chance to decorate our sculpture and we look forward to seeing students, staff, local residents and visitors to Southampton as they explore the trail.”

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.

Kirstie Mathieson, Project Manager for Marwell’s Zany Zebras said: “It’s great to have Southampton Solent University on board with Marwell’s Zany Zebras. Involvement in this project provides a great way for their creative arts students to shine – a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to forge a career in the creative industries.”