SANTA FE, N.M. — A gorilla has invaded Santa Fe’s Railyard Park. A big one. A big, blue one.
“Blue Gorilla,” 13 feet tall and 8 feet wide, is a sculpture by Don Kennell made from steel and sheet metal harvested from old cars. The Railyard Stewards brought the ape to the corner of Guadalupe Street and Cerrillos Road, where it will remain until mid-March, when it will take off for the Philadelphia Zoo. That zoo commissioned the piece to draw attention to the endangered status of lowland gorillas from habitat loss and climate change.
Kennell also created the Yard Dog sculpture that was displayed in the park in 2011.