Monday, 27 June 2022 00:00

Cactusaurus T.Rex stomps into Anglia Square

Written by  Claire McGill at FOUR
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Cactusaurus T.Rex stomps into Anglia Square Images courtesy of QD Group

Cactusaurus, the sharp-looking T.rex sculpture sponsored by Norfolk value retailer QD – QualityDiscounts.com, has been unveiled as part of the GoGoDiscover Trail 2022. The sculpture trail is delivered by East Anglian charity Break in partnership with Wild in Art.

Taking pride of place in Anglia Square, the brightly coloured Cactusaurus T.rex is now positioned outside QD’s Norwich store – the first QD to open back in 1985.

The design been created and hand painted by 24-year-old Norwich artist Laura Hawkins. Laura is one of the youngest artists to take part in GoGoDiscover to date. Inspired by her extensive (and growing!) collection of cacti, Laura’s Cactusaurus artwork was chosen by QD from over 200 designs submitted by artists for the sculptures. The collection of bright green cacti and pots painted in the QD red makes for a striking design. Small additional details such as Cactusaurus’s leafy toenails can also be seen by eagle-eyed sculpture spotters. Laura painted the sculpture in acrylic, which gives the leafy design more texture, with a varnish applied all over to make it weatherproof.

Karl Ottolangui, group operations director for QD Group, said: “We are so excited to have Cactusaurus outside our Anglia Square store and can’t wait to welcome GoGoDiscover sculpture hunters this summer. Laura has done a fantastic job in creating and painting our T.rex which has pride of place outside our very first QD, which opened more than 35 years ago. As a company, we’re supporting Break as our chosen charity so we just had to get our teeth into GoGoDiscover and sponsor our very own T.rex this year.”

Laura Hawkins, artist who designed and created Cactusaurus, said: “This is the largest painting I have ever done – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m so excited to be one of the GoGoDiscover artists but, as one of the youngest ever to take part, it’s a bit nerve-wracking to be in such great company with so many talented artists. It is fantastic to now see my design out on the streets of Norwich alongside the other T.rex sculptures.”

Peter Marron, GoGoDiscover project manager said: “It is great to see the sculpture trail out in the city and trailgoers’ reactions to the fantastic art on display. We are so grateful to all of our sponsors and artists who make this event possible, and enable us to stamp out the mammoth expectations that young adults face as they leave care.”

QD is also taking part in the GoGoDiscover app with a T.rexcellent reward. Trail hunters who visit Cactusaurus and unlock the special incentive can receive £5 off when they spend £15 at the QD Anglia Square store*. The GoGoDiscover app can be downloaded for £1.79 from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

The GoGoDiscover fundraising sculpture trail will run until September, with T.rex and Steppe Mammoth sculptures being displayed across Norwich and Norfolk.

For more information on QD Stores, visit www.qualitydiscounts.com.

Laura Hawkins’s portfolio can be viewed at www.laurahawkins.myportfolio.com.

Break gives children and young people on the edge of care, in care and leaving care, the time, support and love they need to achieve their full potential. For more, visit www.break-charity.org

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