Shropshire

Uri Geller spoon gorilla starts charity hospital tour

Gorilla face
Image caption The project took almost five months to complete

A 12ft-high (3.6m) statue of a gorilla made from 40,000 spoons has taken up residence at a Shropshire hospital ahead of a UK tour.

The sculpture is expected to stay in the car park at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for two months.

Clive Knowles, of the British Ironworks Centre where the artwork was made, said he hoped the work would be "inspiring" for children being treated there.

The sculpture will be taken on tour to raise money for hospital charities.

It will eventually have a permanent home in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, in the garden of entertainer Uri Geller, who commissioned the artwork.

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Image caption Sculptor Alfie Bradbury, pictured with the framework for one of its paws, made the gorilla

The gorilla was built in Oswestry, overcoming a spoon shortage after people from across the world, including children in India and China, collected and donated them.

Known for appearing to bend spoons with the power of his mind, Geller said he chose a gorilla because he had made friends with five chimpanzees which painted him some pictures now hanging on his walls.

He already has a range of unusual pieces on display in his garden, which he opens five times a year for charity, including a Cadillac covered in spoons and a pyramid.

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Image caption Schools from countries including India, China and Kenya helped collect the 40,000 spoons that were needed for the gorilla

The next stop for the gorilla is expected to be Telford's Princess Royal Hospital.

People taking photos of themselves with the sculpture are being encouraged to donate money to the local hospital - in this case the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Charity.

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Image caption Geller has many unusual objects, including a spoon-covered Cadillac

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