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Rhino sculpture designs go on display in Chester

Fleur, designed and painted by Rosalind Hargreaves (pic: Rhino Mania)
About 70 decorated rhino sculptures will be on show around Chester

A display of 200 designs for a series of glass fibre rhinos that will later form part of an art festival is to go on show at Chester Cathedral later.

Up to 70 decorated rhino sculptures will be set up to highlight the Cheshire city's regeneration, art scene, heritage and architecture.

Organisers hope the designs will prompt discussion over a range of issues from environmental to animal extinction.

Rhino Mania will be seen in the city between July and mid-September.

Rhino conservation

The sculptures will be designed and created by community groups and schools.

The rhino trail is expected to attract thousands of people and organisers say it will encourage residents to be 'visitors in their own city'.

Each rhino will be sold at a charity auction with 75% of the proceeds raised from the auction being donated to the Black Rhino Field Conservation Programme in Africa managed by Chester Zoo and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, a Chester-based charity.

The other 25% helps support and run the event.

The animals are made of glass fibre and decorated with paints and various materials chosen by the artists.

Rhino Mania artworks will be located out and about around the city, although some may be indoors. They are roughly 6ft (1.83m) long, 5ft (1.52m) high, 2ft (60.96cm) wide and weigh 60kg (just over nine stone).

Liverpool has run similar public artwork schemes, the Go Penguins and the Go Superlambananas series, to promote its culture and environment years and Manchester has had the Cow Parade.

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