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Friday 8 April 2016

Who was crowned the Go Wild! student artist?

…Final-year illustration student Samuel Hiscock.

Sam won the recent design competition for the chance to decorate Solent’s zebra sculpture, part of Marwell Wildlife’s Zany Zebras – a public art extravaganza bringing art to the streets and parks of Southampton.

The zebra sculptures are modelled on the Grevy zebra, which is the largest and most endangered of the three species of zebra. It is taller, has larger rounded ears, and narrower stripes. The money raised from the project will to help conserve endangered Grevy’s zebras and support communities living in the arid rangelands of northern Kenya.

Sam’s work tends to portray the smaller details of life, targeting the overlooked quirks and curiosities of everyday life. His design for Solent’s Zebra is inspired by Kenyan masks and African textiles patterns. The painted design will use a bespoke colour palette, which will really bring our zebra to life.

Thank you to all those that entered our design competition. You’ll be able to see Sam’s design and other zebra sculptures take shape for yourself in the Marwell’s Zany Zebras artist painting space in The Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton during April 2016.

Marwell’s Zany Zebras will gallop through the the city’s streets this summer, creating a fun, family friendly trail for all to enjoy. There will also be a trail of replica miniature Marwell Zany Zebras hidden throughout Marwell Zoo itself.

As well as showcasing artistic talent in the local area, the project also aims to highlight the plight of zebras in the wild.

Follow Sam’s progress on Twitter @SolentZanyZebra