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‘Ubuntu, the People’s Gorilla'
Ubuntu is a South African Bantu word for a friendly and open person, and also describes the South African philosophy or worldview that Ubuntu (the essence of being human) speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness; you can't be human all by yourself. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas we are connected and what we do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
Ubuntu has a unique twist, in that schoolchildren and members of groups in and around Exeter were invited to submit their own designs and drawings of gorillas. All the entries were then reduced down to a uniform size and used to decorate Ubuntu. The end result is a truly community effort.
Lucy Rocklifee & Jess Carvill
The artists who decorating Ubuntu with decoupage are Lucy Rockliffe and Jess Carvill who are part of Artstorm Project, a group of artists working together to build and strengthen communities through art. Lucy and Jess both specialise in sculpture, ceramics, mosaic murals and printmaking. The collaboration specifically runs projects which help to involve communities in the creation of large scale artworks. Recent projects include ‘Tree of Life’ at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.