With just over one month to go before the Durrell Tortoise Takeover goes live, the excitement is building towards the great reveal of the 50 unique sculptures that will appear all over the Island – and one in particular promises to stand out as a ‘conservation warrior’.

Artist Amy Jackson is putting the final touches to her work sponsored by Rubis, who wanted a design that reflects their commitment to sustainability and the environment.

Amy works at Durrell and is therefore close to the project to raise funds to build a new Tropical House at Jersey Zoo for the many species of threatened reptiles and amphibians looked after by Durrell’s expert team of herpetologists.

The Island-wide sculpture trail is an exciting opportunity for Jersey’s artistic community and artists from further afield to showcase their talent and raise their profiles through the Channel Islands’ largest ever, mass participation art event.

Amy said, “I’ve always loved design, art, photography, and science and so, with my job at Durrell, it is doubly exciting to be involved with this project. I was really pleased when Rubis asked me to design their tortoise because their work in developing environmentally sustainable products fits with my own values.

“It’s a fun design, it’s really colourful and I think it should hopefully make people smile – it is a conservation warrior who helps endangered species.”

Nick Crolla, Head of Sales and Marketing at Rubis said, “We have a long history of supporting community events and causes. As a leading energy supplier in the Channel Islands, we are committed to developing products and services that help safeguard our fragile and special environment.

“The work that Durrell does both globally and at home is something we should all be proud of, and so we are delighted to take part in the Tortoise Takeover. Amy Jackson has come up with a fabulous design that is really going to stand out and help get the message across that we all have a role to play in creating a more sustainable place in which to live – we can all be an eco-hero.”

The sculpture trail will go live on 29th June and will remain in place until September, after which the giant tortoises will be auctioned to raise funds for the new Tropical House at Jersey Zoo.

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