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Blue Gorilla to set up residence in Railyard Park

SANTA FE, N.M. — Is a blue gorilla in a park anything like an elephant in a room? Santa Fe is getting one.

The Blue Gorilla, a creation of sculptor Don Kennell, is being installed in the Railyard Park at Guadalupe Street

The Blue Gorilla was created by artist Don Kennell.

The Blue Gorilla was created by artist Don Kennell.

and Cerrillos Road. Kennell also created the Yard Dog sculpture that was displayed in the park in 2011. The Blue Gorilla, which had its genesis as a commission by the Philadelphia Zoo to draw attention to endangered lowland gorillas, is made from recycled automotive sheet metal. It’s 13 feet tall and 8 feet wide.

You have until the end of March if you want to see it. An installation party will take place 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16.

And that’s not all. The Railyard Stewards and Railyard Art Committee will give $250 to the elementary school classroom that comes up with the best name for the simian. One entry per classroom will be accepted. It should be sent to or on the Railyard Stewards Facebook page.

But one question about the image sent out by the Stewards — is that gorilla holding a purse?