A 15ft-tall galvanised steel giraffe is one of five life-size sculptures now standing proud in Dudley Zoo’s impressive new car park entrance.
TALL ORDER – Artist Tim Roper oversees the installation of his outstanding artwork at DZG
The stunning sculptures, created by artist Tim Roper from Bridgnorth, have just been installed on the approach from the car park to the Safari Shop entrance.
Zoo Director Derek Grove, pictured left, said the steel giraffe, orang utan, tiger, sea lion and crocodile not only looked amazing but would help lead visitors from the revamped car park into the zoo.
He said: “We’re thrilled with the finished sculptures which form part of the new approach to the zoo and help give an excellent first impression of our award-winning attraction.”
ABOVE – The orang utan and sea lion sculptures go into position
Artist Tim began work on the sculptures in January and said the giraffe was the biggest piece he had ever worked on.
He said: “It is amazing to see the giraffe on its feet and in place. The whole time I was working on the giraffe it was on its side, so seeing it in position is the first time I could really get the full effect myself.”
ABOVE – There was grrreat excitement as the tiger and giraffe sculptures arrived
LEFT – Tim has signed each hand-crafted piece
RIGHT – A snap of Tim with the life-size crocodile art
The car park improvements have involved resurfacing work and extensive landscaping and planting as well as the addition of safe access paths and a new tourist trail route which links DZG to the Black Country Museum and Dudley Canal Trust.
The car park and sculpture project has been funded jointly by DZG, Dudley Council, the European Regional Development Fund and a Local Enterprise Partnership.