Uri Geller Spoon Gorilla
Height: 12ft (3.6m)
Weight: Approx. 3 tonnes
Build time: 920 hours (approx. 5 months)
Spoons used: 40,000 including one spoon which once belonged to Winston Churchill
The idea for the giant gorilla came to Uri Geller and Clive Knowles, as they discussed ideas with the BBC, Uri had previously met and bonded with five chimpanzees which even painted him some pictures. The unforgettable experience struck a chord with Uri as the story did with those here at the Centre, the pictures took pride of place in his home in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, where he also features a range of unusual art work in his garden which he opens for charity five times a year.
The gorilla took up to 5 months to build. Alfie Bradley the gorilla's sculptor originally thought it would take around 5,000 spoons to complete that amount soon sky rocketed to an astounding 40,000. The spoons were donated from schools around the UK and across the world, Uri Geller also donated a spoon which was originally owned by Winston Churchill.
More than 250 people came to see the unveiling of the magnificent gorilla and to toast the hard work of the sculptor, community and all involved, among those present was Prince Michael of Kent who we were honoured to welcome.
Now the gorilla is to be sent around the country, visiting hospitals and cities so the members of the public can marvel at and admire the statue. The gorilla currently sits in the grounds of Shrewsbury Hospital, where it is then to be moved to Telford's Princess Royal Hospital, helping to raise money for Shrewsbury Telford Hospital NHS trust charity.
Stay tuned for more information on the tour and location of the statue.