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Old Man of the Forest, Costco, Wow Gorillas, BristolThis is really an extraordinary piece of work, using textures and materials quite unlike any of the other gorillas I have seen so far. It is situated in the foyer of Costco, on the outskirts of Bristol and it is really hard to get decent pictures of it, which is a shame.

Old Man of the Forest, Costco, Wow Gorillas, BristolCostco is not somewhere I am permitted to shop, as it is a members only shopping facility.  I observed people coming out bearing huge cakes and loads of toilet rolls. I am obviously missing out, (not).

Old Man of the Forest, Costco, Wow Gorillas, BristolAnyway the gorilla is covered in part in what looks like moss and has elaborate wooden sections which are carved and the whole effect is quite wonderful.

The notes on the plaque say that it was

…inspired by stories of The Old Man of the Forest and the Green Man, this sculpture is half plant half animal, powerful but vulnerable with an ancient wisdom….

Artist Chris Wood

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