Friday 24 November 2017

Zoo's 'audacious' plans for Gherkin

London Zoo chiefs hope to cover the iconic Gherkin building in a penguin-print wrapping (Steve Vidler/ZSL London Zoo/PA)
London Zoo chiefs hope to cover the iconic Gherkin building in a penguin-print wrapping (Steve Vidler/ZSL London Zoo/PA)

A new London landmark could leave visitors p-p-picking themselves up off the floor.

Zoo chiefs hope to transform the iconic Gherkin building in the City into a giant penguin.

It would mean covering the entire 590ft-high office block at 30 St Mary Axe in a penguin-print wrapping.

London Zoo's head of communications, Emma Edwards, said: "We don't want anyone to miss our penguins, and they certainly wouldn't be able to miss this one looming over the capital.

"We think The Penguin would be a striking addition to the London skyline and serve as a perfect reminder to Londoners and tourists alike to visit ZSL London Zoo and Penguin Beach this summer.

"We know it's audacious, but let's be honest - penguins are a lot more interesting than gherkins."

First, however, there is the small matter of getting permission for the stunt.

Zoo officials intend to approach the City of London and the Swiss Reinsurance Co Ltd, which owns the Gherkin.

The dramatic reworking of the building, depicting a Humboldt penguin, was commissioned from design company Handshake Productions.

Press Association

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