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Gorilla goes ape on fourth plinth

PUBLISHED: 09:29 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 21:42 07 July 2010

MORE used to swinging through the trees at Go Ape in Thetford, a charitable gorilla has taken a detour and ended up on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square

MORE used to swinging through the trees at Go Ape in Thetford, a charitable gorilla has taken a detour and ended up on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square

MORE used to swinging through the trees at Go Ape in Thetford, a charitable gorilla has taken a detour and ended up on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square.

MORE used to swinging through the trees at Go Ape in Thetford, a charitable gorilla has taken a detour and ended up on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square.

The Go Ape gorilla's plinth debut took place on Monday. The art installation, by Angel of the North artist Antony Gormley, sees a randomly drawn member of the public spend an hour on the plinth, every hour for 100 days. The project ends on October 14.

The Go Ape gorilla, aka Ben Stephens from Stradishall, Suffolk, a former captain in the Grenadier Guards and now director of Crossbar-fx (foreign exchange provider), was raising funds for his old regiment and their families. The Grenadier Guards were due to embark on their second tour of Afghanistan at about the same time as he took to the plinth.

Having raised approximately £3,000 to date the Go Ape gorilla's on-ground ape entourage were also giving out family tickets to the 22 Go Ape High Wire Forest Adventure courses across the UK every 10 minutes.

To help the Go Ape gorilla raise funds for the Colonel's Fund, visit www.bmycharity.com/benontheplinth


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