Gorilla

Tom Hodder made this Freedom of Information request to University of Bristol

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Dear University of Bristol,

Please provide email correspondence from the University detailing the thinking behind the decision to buy the Gorilla and also the cost paid.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Hodder

Matt Morrison, University of Bristol

Dear Mr Hodder

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

The 20 working day deadline is 16th November 2011.

Best wishes

Matt Morrison

Information Rights Officer
University of Bristol
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Matt Morrison, University of Bristol

Dear Mr Hodder

Further to your recent Freedom of Information request, the University has
retrieved one email relating to 'the thinking behind the decision to buy
the gorilla':

"Off-the-record soundings is that we would give a gorilla a very very good
home, and everyone asked very positive, and could become a significant
feature of Life Sciences, especially with students around."

This was sent by a member of staff in the University's School of Biological
Sciences to our Deputy Vice Chancellor.

The University is obliged, under a planning condition attached to the
permission for development of the Life Sciences Building to commission
public art to enhance the building. The University has had to allocate the
minimum sum of £150k for this purpose.

When the charitable sale of the Gorillas was announced, it was decided by
the University's senior team, given the huge public interest that had been
shown, that it would be appropriate to allocate a small part of the sum the
University was required to spend on securing an appropriate example that
would link to the School of Biological Sciences research and teaching. It
would also mean that one example at least would be retained on public
display to the citizens of the city.

The gorilla secured a cost of £5,000, much less than was paid for other
examples. Once the new Life Sciences building is complete, it will be part
of the public art provision related to the building that the University is
required to provide.

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Best wishes

Matt Morrison

Information Rights Officer
University of Bristol
[email address]
0117 3317751 (ex.17751)

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