RHINO MANIA has taken off in Ellesmere Port.
Visitors to the Port Arcades and the shops in the town are being greeted by a herd of 15 mini Rhinos and, in many visitors’ opinion, the most artistic big Rhino of the entire Rhino Mania herd: Brutus.
Fifteen local stores have agreed to give a home to a mini rhino until September 12 as part of the Rhinomania event.
In addition, Brutus is standing proudly in the centre’s main Atrium framed against a backdrop of a sunset over the rhinos natural habitat.
Brutus was designed and painted by Cheshire artist Tamzin Harris who got her inspiration from a print of a Rhinoceros made in 1515.
Tamsin said: “I feel very attached to Brutus, having spent so many hours with him, I hope people enjoy him as much as I enjoyed creating him!”
Many mini Rhinos have been designed and decorated by pupils from the local schools in and around Ellesmere Port.
The Port Arcades host the mini rhinos of the following schools:
The Acorns Primary and Nursery School, Willaston C of E Primary School, William Stockton Community School, Rossmore School, Rivacre Valley Primary School, Wolverham Primary and Nursery School, Christ Church C of E Primary School, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Woodlands Primary School – Junior and Infant Department, Whitby Heath Primary School.
Sited in shop windows in and around the Port Arcades, the fifteen mini Rhinos have found a temporary home for the next two months.
After the summer, each Mini Rhino will be going back to their own school.