Published May 2022
Public artists and activists Gillie and Marc share their latest project in their efforts to draw attention to endangered species with James Dickman on London Live News at 6.
Launched on World Endangered Species Day, ‘Chimps are Family’ is a free interactive exhibit located at London Bridge City and features 28 life size chimpanzees. The chimps demonstrate 18 different behaviours such as love, grief, friendship and conflict reflecting the similarities between humans and these amazing animals which we share 98% of our DNA with.
The sculptures invite the people of London to get up close and personal with these chimpanzees and form a newfound connection with our closest relatives. Through raising awareness and understanding for these animals the artists hope to affect change in the way humans view and live amongst chimps.
The sculpture will be aligned with the hashtags #LoveTheLast and #ChimpsAreFamily to raise unparalleled awareness about the sculpture’s cause across the globe. To help protect the great apes and their habitats you can give a donation to WWF-UK by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/chimpsarefamily
Making a point Leigh Brian cosies up to one of 28 bronze chimps made by artists Gillie and Marc and installed at London Bridge to mark World Endangered Species Day.